Bell Northern Research Keeps Its Mobile Devices Campaign Alive with Suits Against Apple, Lenovo

August 16, 2021

Cases against six prior campaign defendants having apparently been dismissed, Bell Northern Research, LLC has brought Apple (6:21-cv-00833) and Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) (6:21-cv-00847) into the fray, filing a suit against each in the Western District of Texas. Subsets of the large portfolio of patents received from Broadcom are again asserted, each defendant targeted over the provision of a range of devices, including products that allegedly operate according to the GSM/EDGE standard (Apple); operate according to the 802.11ac standard (both defendants); include instrumentalities for remotely triggering an alarm (Lenovo); and/or include a heat spreader assembly (both defendants). Contradictory corporate disclosure statements have been filed in Bell Northern’s newest cases, but the NPE has confirmed through multiple court filings (including in the Apple case) its connection to the financial services conglomerate Hilco, Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global).

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