Litigation Campaign Plagued by Alleged Floods, Computer Failures, and a Hunt Through Egyptian Internet Archives Sees New Round of Suits

  • May 11, 2017
  • Category: New Patent Litigation
    Market Sectors: Automotive, Media Content and Distribution

Blitzsafe Texas, LLC, an entity under the control of named inventor Ira Marlowe, has filed another round of lawsuits in a litigation campaign begun back in March 2010. The latest defendants are BMW (2:17-cv-00418), Daimler (2:17-cv-00422), Mazda (2:17-cv-00423), Subaru (2:17-cv-00421), TATA Motors (Jaguar Land Rover) (2:17-cv-00424), and Zheijang Geely Holding Group (Volvo) (2:17-cv-00420). Two patents (7,489,786; 8,155,342) generally related to integrating mobile devices (e.g., CD players, smartphones, etc.) with a vehicle’s media system are asserted in each new complaint, with the companies accused of infringement through provision of their infotainment systems. This new round of cases follows settlements, several on the brink of trial, earlier this year in cases filed in July 2015 against carmakers Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen, as well as another new case, filed this past February, against Robert Bosch (2:17-cv-00105).

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