Additional Automakers Sued in Blitzsafe’s Ever More Storied Texas Campaign

November 17, 2019

With new Eastern District of Texas suits against Fiat Chrysler (2:19-cv-00378) and GM (2:19-cv-00377), the long-running campaign of Blitzsafe Texas, LLC, an entity under the control of named inventor Ira Marlowe, begun in March 2010, will likely persist into 2020, past the decade mark. The same two patents, generally related to integrating mobile devices (e.g., CD players, smartphones, etc.) with a vehicle’s media system are asserted in each new complaint, with the companies accused of infringement through provision of their infotainment systems. The new cases follow an early August dismissal in the last case among seven 2017 suits targeting automakers—a dismissal entered on the same day that District Judge Rodney Gilstrap vacated an order denying BMW’s motion to dismiss based on improper venue in Texas based on the presence of dealerships there.

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