Sol IP Sues Ford over ETRI Patents

April 1, 2022

Sol IP, LLC has returned to litigation, suing Ford (2:22-cv-00097) in the Eastern District of Texas over five patents that have already appeared in this campaign, begun with suits against wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Targeted in the complaint are automobiles that incorporate in-vehicle communication systems that support LTE and/or LTE-Advanced connectivity. Despite a recent ruling from the Federal Circuit on the approach, Sol IP pleads jurisdiction and venue based on, among other things, the presence of “authorized dealerships, which act as agents for Ford for the purposes of conducting Ford’s business, including, at least, selling cars (including infringing cars) to consumers and performing warranty services”.

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