Seven Networks Turns to Patent Assertion, Suing Google, Samsung, and ZTE

May 20, 2017

Seven Networks LLC has filed its first litigation campaign, although not its first patent litigation, with three new lawsuits, one each against Alphabet (Google) (2:17-cv-00442), Samsung (2:17-cv-00441), and ZTE (2:17-cv-00440). All three defendants are accused of infringing seven patents (8,811,952; 9,247,019; 9,325,600; 9,351,254; 9,516,127; 9,516,129; 9,553,816) through the manufacture and sale of Android mobile devices, with three more patents (8,078,158; 9,386,433; 9,444,812) asserted in the case against Google, targeting Google Play Store and Google’s authentication services. Seven’s complaints tout the importance of battery life in mobile devices, linking the purported inventions in many of the patents-in-suit to power-saving techniques and/or results. Seven is the successor to an operating company, appearing to have only recently turned to patent assertion.

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