Linksmart Redirection Campaign Takes Flight, but Keeps One Case on the Ground

April 21, 2018

Linksmart Wireless Technology, LLC began its sole litigation campaign in 2008, suing multiple companies over one patent generally related to automatic, user-specific redirection. At issue were the defendants’ products and systems for providing Internet access in hotspots and hospitality (i.e., hotel) settings. Ten years later, the same patent having emerged from reissue proceedings last summer, the NPE has now taken aim at two purveyors of in-flight entertainment systems—Gogo (8:18-cv-00654) and Panasonic (Panasonic Avionics) (8:18-cv-00662)—separately suing the airlines that use them: for Gogo, AeroMexico (2:18-cv-03335), Air Canada (2:18-cv-03337), Air France-KLM (2:18-cv-03341), Alaska Air (2:18-cv-03345), American Airlines (2:18-cv-03349), British Airways (2:18-cv-03352), Delta Air Lines (2:18-cv-03354), United Continental Holdings (2:18-cv-03348); and for Panasonic Avionics, Southwest Airlines (8:18-cv-00660), The Emirates Group (2:18-cv-03353), and Westjet Airlines (8:18-cv-00657). The recent round of litigation does not however leave the ground entirely; Linksmart has also sued Sonifi Solutions (2:18-cv-03344) for providing Internet access in earthbound hospitality settings.

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