Bluetooth Campaign Targets Fitness Trackers and POS Terminals
- November 14, 2017
Blue Sky Networks, LLC, a subsidiary of Monument Patent Holdings, LLC and an affiliate of monetization firm Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC, has filed two new cases in the campaign, one each against Fitbit (5:17-cv-06543) and VeriFone Systems (4:17-cv-06567). The patents asserted, received this past February from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV), generally relate to “wireless handsets” discovering and connecting to other such devices near them. Blue Sky targets Fitbit watches and fitness trackers that wirelessly connect to Fitbit peripherals (e.g., Fitbit Flyer headphones) and/or nearby devices equipped with a Fitbit application, and as to Verifone, the NPE targets Bluetooth-enabled wireless point-of-sale (POS) terminals that connect to charging base stations. The two cases join the only other remaining, active suit in the campaign, which accuses Toyota of infringement through provision of “in-dash smart services” in certain of its vehicles.