ChriMar’s Sprawling PoE Campaign Sees Two Jury Verdicts, a Raft of Settlements, a Newly Issued Patent, and a New Case Against Panasonic
Affiliated NPEs ChriMar Systems, Inc. and ChriMar Holding Company, LLC (collectively, “ChriMar”) have filed cases since November 2008 asserting members of the same patent family, adding new suits as the USPTO has issued additional, related patents. The campaign has hit over 60 defendants over the years, and true to form, the latest complaint, filed against Panasonic (6:17-cv-00637) in the Eastern District of Texas, asserts not only patents already in suit in earlier cases but also the latest member of the family, which issued on November 7, 2017. The patents generally relate to communicating information about remote electronic equipment on a network. ChriMar has targeted devices (e.g., IP phones, network access points) that practice Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) standards. Two cases in this campaign have already been tried to juries, against defendants China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center (Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise) and Aerohive Networks, with different results.
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