Defendants Continue to Find Success in Transferring NPE Cases out of the Eastern District of Texas
- February 17, 2016
Cases brought separately in the Eastern District of Texas by NPEs GroupChatter LLC and FastVDO LLC can be added to the list of recent transfers to other districts. On February 11, 2016, Magistrate Judge John D. Love granted a motion by Toshiba subsidiary Landis + Gyr (L+G) to the Northern District of Georgia. GroupChatter had filed a suits in Texas against GE, Itron, L+G, and Sensus between September and November 2015, asserting four patents (7,969,959; 8,199,740; 8,588,207; 9,014,659) against each defendant’s “wide area Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) network that enables remote configuration, operation, and monitoring of utility meters”. The patents-in-suit issued to Critical Response Systems, Inc., a Georgia operating company, or to a related entity, Critical Holdings, Inc., and they generally relate to sending alerts to a group of users over a wireless network.