New NPE Sues Smartphone Makers Over Former IV Patents

September 29, 2018

American Patents LLC, a new NPE with ties to multiple other litigating Texas entities, has launched its first campaign, suing Huawei (4:18-cv-00672), LG Electronics (LGE) (4:18-cv-00673), Samsung (4:18-cv-00674), and ZTE (4:18-cv-00675) over a group of patents acquired from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). The patents-in-suit, which generally relate to communications networks, are a subset of more than 30 US assets transferred by IV to American Patents in June. All four defendants are accused of infringement through the provision of smartphones offering Google’s Chromecast streaming, with Huawei and ZTE also targeted over keyboards with predictive text features and other features related to keyboard layout; LGE, over camera gesture controls; and Samsung, over biometric and gesture authentication features.

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