New Campaign Accents the Ability to Enter Special Characters Through Smartphone Keypads

June 9, 2018

Rondevoo Technologies, LLC has opened up a second litigation campaign, filing a District of Delaware suit against LG Electronics (LGE) (1:18-cv-00860) and a Northern District of Illinois suit against Sony (1:18-cv-03950). The NPE asserts a single patent generally related to “clustering” keys on an input device, such as telephone keypad or computer keyboard, to facilitate selection entry, with infringement allegations focused on the ability to enter alternate (i.e., accented) characters through the keypads of certain Android smartphones—e.g., Sony’s Xperia Z5 and the LG G3. Rondevoo pleads that the “inventors” recognized “a need for improving cluster key arrangements for mobile devices such as cell-phones”, citing to the patent’s abstract for the statement that “[t]his cluster key arrangement may be mechanically configured or electronically configured”.

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