Rembrandt NPE Brings Second Case Targeting Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

January 26, 2019

Rembrandt Wireless Technologies, LP (Rembrandt WT) has filed suit against Apple (2:19-cv-00025), accusing the company of infringing the same two wireless communications patents first asserted against Samsung in 2013. That earlier case ended this past August in a dismissal with prejudice after the parties notified the Eastern District of Texas of their settlement—following a jury verdict in Rembrandt WT’s favor, a Federal Circuit appeal of the resulting judgment, and multiple inter partes reviews (IPRs) of the two patents. As in the Samsung case, Rembrandt WT targets products implementing versions of the Bluetooth protocol that support Enhanced Data Rate (EDR), including “Version 2.0 + EDR, Version 2.1 + EDR, Version 3.0 + HS, Version 4.0 + LE, Version 4.1, Version 4.2, or version 5”, this new complaint listing Apple products allegedly offering Bluetooth EDR support, including certain iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, iPod Nanos, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, Airport Extremes, AirPods, HomePods, and Beats wireless headphones and speakers.

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