Multimedia Patent Trust Targets More Qualcomm-Based Phones in New Suit against LG
- November 15, 2012
Multimedia Patent Trust (MPT), a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent, filed a new suit against LG Electronics alleging that additional LG phone models that incorporate Qualcomm chips infringe two patents related to video encoding. According to the complaint, the patents-in-suit relate to software and devices supporting the MPEG-4 Part 2, H.263 and MPEG-4, Part 10 (H.264) international video coding standards. MPT has filed six prior suits since April 2007. In December 2010, MPT filed suit against Apple, Canon, DirecTV, LG and TiVo. In that suit, LG was accused of infringing the same two patents. Early last month, the Court issued an order barring MPT from presenting evidence as to the infringement of any Qualcomm-based LG phone that uses a chip other than the MSM6575 chip. On October 19, the Court confirmed its assessment that its ruling would not prejudice MPT from pursuing subsequent patent infringement action related to other chips against LG or Qualcomm. 11/8, Southern District of California, assigned to Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz and referred to Magistrate Judge Ruben B. Brooks, 3:2012cv02731.