Number of Sockeye Defendants Turned DJ Plaintiffs Reaches Thirteen
- November 17, 2015
Samsung (1:15-cv-10278) is the latest Sockeye Licensing TX LLC defendant to turn declaratory judgment plaintiff, becoming the thirteenth such company when it filed a new complaint against the NPE in the Northern District of Illinois. In early October, Sockeye asserted two patents (8,135,342; 8,879,987) generally related to creating a desktop computing environment with a wireless device against over 45 companies that make or sell Wi-Fi Certified Miracast products. Sockeye has now voluntarily dismissed all but two of those cases, after first HP (1:15-cv-09341), then other defendants, filed complaints seeking declaratory judgments alleging that Sockeye did not own the patents-in-suit at the time that it filed in Texas. Sockeye has not admitted that its failure to file an annual report and pay franchise taxes rendered assignment of the two patents to Sockeye null and void, destroying its standing to sue for infringement on the date of filing in Texas, but it nevertheless began voluntarily dismissing the early October cases.