License Apparently Expired, a Claim Construction Ruling in Hand, Hilco’s Bell Northern Tags Samsung
A prior license agreement having expired on December 31, 2018, Bell Northern Research, LLC, a Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global) company, has filed suit against Samsung (2:19-cv-00286) over five patents allegedly covered by that license, as well as three others already in suit in the campaign that Bell Northern began roughly one year ago. Certain Samsung smartphones, tablets, and “home or office electronics products” (e.g., smartwatches, laptops, TVs, home theater equipment, and Blu-Ray or DVD players) are targeted with the eight patents from among the portfolio of thousands received in December 2017 from Broadcom, having general subject matter ranging from wireless communication to battery conservation, integration of accelerometers to music playback with mobile devices, among other things. The new complaint avoids two patents, also previously in suit, perhaps in recognition of unfavorable rulings in a Southern District of California claim construction order handed down earlier this month.
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