COVID-19 Concerns Animate Motions Ahead of March Trial in East Texas Between Maxell and Apple

February 21, 2021

Maxell has filed another lawsuit against Apple (6:21-cv-00158) in the Western District of Texas over its “‘smartphone’ patent portfolio”. In the new complaint, Maxell asserts 12 patents, nine of them litigated for the first time, bringing the total at issue in this campaign, which began back in November 2016, to more than five dozen. An Eastern District of Texas trial in a prior Maxell suit is also scheduled to begin on March 22, with each party filing an opposed motion—one concerning trial timing; the other, the fate of patents not selected for trial—both citing, at least in part, the current COVID-19 pandemic, a circumstance that Maxell concedes is “anything but normal”.

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