Ikorongo Plaintiffs Sue Uber as Prior Defendants Hope for a Convenience Transfer out of West Texas

September 16, 2020

Concert Technology Corporation subsidiaries Ikorongo Technology, LLC (as patent owner except in certain Texas counties) and Ikorongo Texas, LLC (as patent owner in those Texas counties) have sued Uber Technologies (6:20-cv-00843) in the Western District of Texas. In March 2020, the plaintiffs sued Bumble (f/k/a Magic Lab Co.) (Bumble Trading), LG Electronics (LGE), Lyft, and Samsung there, each of those defendants having since moved for a convenience transfer to the Northern District of California. Among other things, LGE and Samsung argue that the plaintiffs’ infringement contentions, while facially aimed at smartphones and tablets, are actually “directed at functionality found in the Google Maps, Google+, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, and AT&T Secure Family applications . . . running on those devices”. The two patents asserted against Uber generally relate to automatically recording selected computer and internet usage data, including visited websites and location data, and uploading that data to a server for sharing to “buddies”.

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