Maxon Adds Funai to Smart TV Campaign
- July 29, 2016
Inventor-controlled NPE Maxon LLC has added Funai (1:16-cv-07685) to its smart TV campaign, accusing the company of infringing a family of four patents (7,171,194; 7,486,649; 7,489,671; 8,989,160) generally related to dynamically associating a telephone number to a device based on a unique identifier (other than the telephone number) associated with the device. Maxon’s first round of lawsuits were filed on June 29, 2016 and asserted the same group of patents against LG Electronics (LGE) (1:16-cv-06840), On Corp. (1:16-cv-06841), Panasonic (1:16-cv-06843), Sanyo (1:16-cv-06845), and Vizio (1:16-cv-06846). Like its fellow defendants, Funai is targeted for offering network-enabled TVs that use authentication services to log into services like Netflix. Maxon’s June lawsuits remain in initial pleadings.