Uniloc Adds AOL and Sony to Smartphone Messaging Campaign, Hitting Facebook a Second Time
- July 7, 2016
Uniloc USA, Inc. and Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. have continued to expand their new smartphone messaging campaign with six new cases filed against individual defendants, including Facebook (2:16-cv-00728)—hit again over its Messenger app, following an earlier suit against subsidiary WhatsApp—as well as Sony (2:16-cv-00732), TangoMe (d/b/a Tango) (2:16-cv-00733), and Verizon (AOL) (2:16-cv-00722). These newest filings assert multiple combinations of five patents (7,535,890; 8,199,747; 8,243,723; 8,724,622; 8,995,433) generally related to group voice messaging. Uniloc acquired the patents from monetization firm Empire IP LLC in June, shortly before the start of this campaign, as indicated by an assignment executed four days before Uniloc began filing litigation. As in previous complaints, Uniloc’s newest defendants are accused of infringement through various smartphone messaging apps.