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Longtime Monetization Professional, with Past Ties to IPNav and Dominion, Goes Solo Again, Sues Samsung
April 8, 2018
E-Commerce and Software, New Patent Litigation
Guy Fielder, inventor turned patent monetization professional, resigned from his reported CEO and CTO positions with Monument Patent Holdings LLC, the litigation management arm of Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC, at the end of December 2017. In doing so, he announced that he would “focus more on [his] inventions and prepare to make another run at creating a company with [his] patent portfolio”. That company is PACid Technologies, LLC, which this past week filed suit, accusing Samsung (2:18-cv-00133) of infringing two Fielder patents generally related to authenticating the user of a computing device. The accused products are Samsung devices that use biometrics in alleged compliance with “the authentication protocol adopted by the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, employing the FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (UAF)”, including certain Galaxy products that include “FIDO-ready applications” (e.g., Samsung Pass and/or PayPal).
Quest Patent Research Asserts CMOS Image Sensor Patents Recently Acquired from IV
April 8, 2018
Consumer Electronics and PCs, Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation, Semiconductors
The newest subsidiary of Quest Patent Research Corporation (QPRC) has launched a litigation campaign with more patents that the publicly traded NPE recently acquired from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). Photonic Imaging Solutions Inc. has accused ASUS (1:18-cv-00488), Lorex Technology (1:18-cv-00487), and NETGEAR (1:18-cv-00489) of infringing four patents through the manufacture and sale of desktop computers, laptop computers, tablet computers, and smartphones, by ASUS, and certain security cameras, by Lorex and NETGEAR, each of which contains a CMOS image sensor. The complaints allege that the accused products incorporate such a sensor from OmniVision, which is not named as a defendant.
Northern District of California Invalidates CellSpin Patents Under Alice
April 8, 2018
Mobile Communications and Devices, Patent Litigation Feature
A California court has invalidated the four patents asserted by inventor-controlled NPE CellSpin Soft, Inc. under Alice. Ruling on validity challenges brought by a variety of connected device and wearable manufacturers, including Canon, Fitbit, GoPro, and Panasonic, District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers held on April 3 that the patents at issue are invalid as directed to the abstract idea of “acquiring, transferring, and publishing data and multimedia content on one or more websites” while lacking a sufficient inventive concept.
IP Edge Text Messaging Campaign Turns from Mobile Banking Apps to Mobile Security Apps
April 6, 2018
E-Commerce and Software, Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
IP Edge LLC affiliate Anuwave LLC has rebooted its litigation campaign with a new round of filings, shifting application of the sole text messaging patent-in-suit from the provision of mobile banking services to the provision of “text security services”—i.e., security apps that locate a mobile device by sending it a text message from another device. The new complaints hit Avast (1:18-cv-00506), BitDefender (1:18-cv-00507), BullGuard (1:18-cv-00508), Symantec (1:18-cv-00509), Total Defense (1:18-cv-00510) and Webroot (1:18-cv-00511) in the District of Delaware and Sophos (1:18-cv-10655) in the District of Massachusetts, where prior defendants in the campaign, numbering close to 50, have typically been banks.
IP Edge Image Transfer Campaign Keeps Focus on Mobile Banking, Sapphire Crossing from Ruby Sands Notwithstanding
April 6, 2018
E-Commerce and Software, Financial Services, New Patent Litigation
While Anuwave LLC pivots away from mobile banking, the campaign focus of its fellow IP Edge LLC affiliate has stayed squarely on it. New Texas entity Sapphire Crossing LLC has taken over the litigation campaign of Ruby Sands LLC, suing Citizens Financial Group (1:18-cv-00513) and Great Western Bancorp (1:18-cv-00514) in the District of Delaware and Investors Bancorp (2:18-cv-05527), Lakeland Bancorp (2:18-cv-05528), and Valley National Bancorp (2:18-cv-05529) in the District of New Jersey. The sole patent-in-suit generally relates to image transfer, with IP Edge, through both affiliates, accusing the defendants throughout the campaign of infringement through the provision of mobile banking apps offering mobile check deposit features.
PTAB Sees Activity in Notable Campaigns During March 2018, Grants Motion to Amend for Realtime Data
April 6, 2018
Consumer Electronics and PCs, E-Commerce and Software, Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, Patent Litigation Feature
In March 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) saw petitions for inter partes review (IPR) filed in a variety of notable campaigns, including those waged by publicly traded Quarterhill Inc.; privately held XR Communications, LLC; and inventor Leigh M. Rothschild. The Board also instituted trial throughout March in campaigns brought by Oyster Optics, LLC and Uniloc Corporation Pty. Limited. In addition, the PTAB granted in March a motion to amend in two IPRs against prolific plaintiff Realtime Data, LLC, also issuing final decisions involving patents asserted by Uniloc; Papst Licensing GmbH & Company Kg; Evolved Wireless LLCGame and Technology Co., Ltd; and TQ Delta LLC.
Assignment Activity and Texas Public Records Warn of New Litigation from Two Prolific NPEs
April 6, 2018
Media Content and Distribution, Patent Market, Patent Watch, Semiconductors
Recently recorded patent assignments, as well as Texas public records, suggest that affiliates of two of last year’s most frequent patent plaintiffs—Bradley D. Liddle and IP Valuation Partners LLC—are gearing up for new litigation campaigns.
Omni MedSci Targets Apple Watches in New Suit
April 6, 2018
Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
Inventor-controlled Omni MedSci, Inc. has filed suit against Apple (2:18-cv-00134), asserting four patents, naming as inventor University of Michigan professor Mohammed N. Islam, that generally relate to a “personal device”/wearable using “optical beams”/“near infrared lasers” for measurement. At issue are several models of Apple’s Watch product, including Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 GPS, and Series 3 GPS + Cellular watches, which Omni MedSci alleges measure heart rate using semiconductor LEDs.
March 2018 RPX Market Sector Update – Networking
April 5, 2018
Networking, Networking Market Sector Update, Patent Market, Patent Watch
As of March 31, 2018, there were roughly 245 active defendants in ongoing NPE litigation campaigns in the Networking market sector. Read on for new litigation highlights, activity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, RPX prior art search reports, and more—all within the Networking market sector and the month of March 2018.
IP Bridge Sues Qualcomm
April 5, 2018
New Patent Litigation, Semiconductors
Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (IP Bridge 1), a subsidiary of Japanese patent monetization firm IP Bridge, Inc., has filed suit against Qualcomm (1:18-cv-00485), alleging infringement of seven former Panasonic patents generally related to various aspects of semiconductor fabrication. Qualcomm is accused of infringement through the manufacture and sale of certain semiconductors made with its 40 or 45 nm process (e.g., MSM8660 Snapdragon S3) and its 28 nm process (e.g., MSM8960 Snapdragon S4, MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, MSM8974 Snapdragon 800). Each of the patents has been asserted in this campaign against one or more of previous defendants Broadcom, Intel, OmniVision, and Xilinx.
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