NPE Asserting Former Wildseed Patents Hits Microsoft
Smart Skins LLC sued Microsoft (1:14-cv-10149) for alleged infringement of patents developed by mobile software company Wildseed, Ltd. (acquired by AOL in 2005). The complaint accuses Microsoft’s Surface and Lumia tablets, as well as keyboard covers especially made for those products, of infringing two patents that relate to interchangeable covers with complementary electronics for mobile devices (6,920,338, 7,079,864). Both patents originated with Wildseed, which in 2007 assigned the patents to Varia Holdings LLC, an NPE. In October 2012, Varia assigned the patents to Smart Skins along with five other patents in the same family. This appears to be the first time that the former Wildseed patents have been asserted in litigation, and the first patent infringement suit filed by Smart Skins.