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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.
Motorola Mobility Dismissed, Huawei Stayed, ZTE Sued in Display-Side Camera Campaign
April 4, 2018
Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
On the heels of both a stay of an earlier case against Huawei and a dismissal of an even earlier suit against Lenovo (Motorola Mobility), inventor-controlled Corydoras Technologies, LLC has filed a new case against ZTE (2:18-cv-00127). As in previous complaints, the case against ZTE asserts seven patents generally related to various aspects of a mobile communications device that displays a mirror image of an object taken from a camera facing the direction of the display. Phones and tablets with a display-side camera are the accused products in the Corydoras Technologies campaign.
Pendrell Assigns Hundreds of Patents to Uniloc
March 31, 2018
Consumer Electronics and PCs, Mobile Communications and Devices, Patent Market, Patent Watch
In late March, the USPTO made public five patent assignments from various Pendrell Corporation subsidiaries to Uniloc Luxembourg S.A. This transaction appears to be the one that Pendrell disclosed in a February SEC filing—a divestiture it described as comprising “patents related to cellular and digital wireless devices and infrastructure” from multiple sources, including Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), IBM, and Philips. Collectively, the transfers assigned over 445 assets to Uniloc, including patents now being asserted by the NPE in seven recently initiated litigation campaigns.
Ultravision Sues Nearly a Full Alphabet of LED Display Defendants
March 31, 2018
Consumer Electronics and PCs, New Patent Litigation
Ultravision Technologies, LLC (d/b/a Ultravision International), a Delaware entity registered to conduct business in Texas, has filed a barrage of over 25 district court lawsuits and a concurrent action before the International Trade Commission (ITC) (337-TA-3302) against the same set of LED display panel manufacturers, such as Cirrus Systems (2:18-cv-00095) and Samsung (2:18-cv-00115); private label resellers such as Panasonic (2:18-cv-00107) (allegedly relabeling products purchased from defendant/respondent Lighthouse (2:18-cv-00104)); and distributors, including, for example, GoVision (2:18-cv-00100),  which allegedly buys and distributes products bought from separate defendant/respondent digiLED (2:18-cv-00096). The new filings follow last fall’s entry of default judgment against Shenzhen Only Optoelectronic Tech in the first case in this campaign, filed in August of 2016.
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