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Solas OLED Expands Both of Its Display Panel Campaigns, Adding Two Patents to Each and Filing New Complaints Against Dell and Google
August 31, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
In early May, Irish NPE Solas OLED Limited sued Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas over a former Atmel patent generally related to a flexible touch sensor comprising a conductive mesh grid and a flexible substrate that are “configured to wrap around one or more edges of a display”. On August 23, the plaintiff amended that complaint to add allegations of infringement of two more display panel patents. Last week, Solas OLED filed separate complaints in the Western District of Texas asserting both of those additional patents against Alphabet (Google) (6:19-cv-00515) and one of them against Dell (6:19-cv-00514), with infringement allegations targeting products with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays and calling out Google’s Pixel 3XL smartphone and Dell’s Venue 8 tablet.
IP Edge Launches First Wireless Communications Campaign from Patents Acquired from Linex Technologies
August 31, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, New Patent Litigation
In April 2019, Zyrcuits IP LLC, an NPE apparently associated with monetization firm IP Edge LLC, picked up the bulk of the patent portfolio once held (and litigated) by Linex Technologies, Inc. Last week, Zyrcuits asserted the first of those 30 US patents, filing complaints against Signify (1:19-cv-01609), Spectrum Brands (1:19-cv-01610), Wink Labs (1:19-cv-01607), and Wirepath Home Systems (Control4) (1:19-cv-01608), in the District of Delaware and against Samsung (2:19-cv-00298) in the Eastern District of Texas. The sole asserted patent generally relates to spread-spectrum wireless data transmission, with infringement allegations targeting the provision of smart home products supporting the ZigBee wireless communications standard.
IP Edge Initiates an Eighth Campaign from Patents Picked Up Last October from Siemens
August 31, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, New Patent Litigation
The portfolio of patents received by monetization firm IP Edge LLC from Siemens in October 2018 has now given rise to eight campaigns, with the most recent waged by plaintiff Sonohm Licensing LLC. The NPE has accused Best Buy (Great Call) (1:19-cv-01619, 1:19-cv-01620), Fry’s Electronics (2:19-cv-00297), Juniper Systems (1:19-cv-00101), and ROKit (2:19-cv-07569) of infringing up to three wireless communications patents through the provision and/or sale of various devices that use Bluetooth 4.0 technology, including various smartphones, speakers, tablets, and wireless earphones. The retailers, Best Buy and Fry’s, are accused of infringement through the sale of such products made by Amazon, ASUSTek, BLU Products, Caterpillar, CellAllure, DigiLand, Ematic, Lenovo, RugGear, and Visual Land, among others, with Best Buy’s GreatCall tagged over the provision of the Jitterbug Smart2 and Jitterbug Flip “senior cell phones”; Juniper Systems, over its “rugged” mobile devices (i.e., the CT7G, Allegro 3, and Archer 3); and ROKit, over its iO Pro 3D, 3D, Light, and One smartphones.
IP Edge Begins a Seventh Campaign from Patents Acquired from Huawei
August 31, 2019
Consumer Electronics and PCs, New Patent Litigation
Enchanted IP LLC, a Texas entity associated with monetization firm IP Edge LLC, has begun a campaign over a single patent generally concerning an external battery that can use a “detection terminal” to charge or discharge. The defendants are Hon Hai (Belkin) (2:19-cv-07572) and ZAGG (Mophie) (8:19-cv-01648), each sued in the Central District of California; Sunvalleytek International d/b/a RAVpower (3:19-cv-05513) and Tenergy (3:19-cv-05512) in the Northern District of California; Anker Innovations (1:19-cv-01632) in the District of Delaware; and Procter & Gamble (Duracell) (1:19-cv-11858), sued in the District of Massachusetts, with the plaintiff naming in its complaints the companies’ portable chargers: the Belkin Pocket Power, the Mophie Juice Pack Reserve, the RAVPower Power Bank, the Tenergy TB6AC, Anker’s PowerCore+, and the Duracell Powerbank, respectively. IP Edge received the sole patent-in-suit as part of a larger acquisition, involving roughly a dozen US assets, from Huawei.
IP Edge Kicks Off Yet Another Litigation Campaign, This One over Group Emergency Alert Patents
August 31, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
Monetization firm IP Edge LLC, through associated entity Aristors Licensing LLC, has filed suit against BlackBerry (1:19-cv-01583), Everbridge (1:19-cv-01584), and United Technologies (1:19-cv-01585) in the District of Delaware; against Singlewire Software (3:19-cv-00695) in the Western District of Wisconsin; and against Status Solutions (1:19-cv-00722) in the Southern District of Ohio, all as part of a new litigation campaign over a family of patents generally related to sending sensor data to emergency responders and “emergency alert groups” on a mobile device. Targeted are the defendants’ crisis communication systems; for example, BlackBerry’s AtHoc system.
IP Edge Ends August with a Filing Spree That Includes New Complaints Across Multiple Ongoing Campaigns
August 31, 2019
Consumer Electronics and PCs, E-Commerce and Software, Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, New Patent Litigation, Semiconductors
In late August 2019, while IP Edge LLC dropped four brand new litigation campaigns through litigating entities Aristors Licensing LLC (over a patent received from an inventor-controlled entity), Enchanted IP LLC (over a patent received from Huawei), Sonohm Licensing LLC  (over patents received from Siemens), and Zyrcuits IP LLC (over a patent received from Linex Technologies, Inc.), the Texas monetization firm also added cases across an even broader set of its many campaigns. Altair Logix LLC, Digi Portal LLC, EncodiTech LLC, Saros Licensing LLC, and Wave Linx LLC—each a Texas plaintiff associated with IP Edge—have all filed cases over the past week.
PTAB Precedential Opinion Panel Rules that District Court Pleadings Filed Without Standing Trigger IPR Time Bar
August 30, 2019
Consumer Electronics and PCs, Patent Litigation Feature
In August 2018, a divided Federal Circuit ruled in Click-to-Call Technologies v. Ingenio that the service of a district court infringement complaint still triggers the one-year statutory time bar for inter partes review (IPR) even when the complaint is voluntarily dismissed without prejudice. Now, the Precedential Opinion Panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has extended that decision by holding that the service of a pleading starts the time bar—which, in general, prevents the filing of an IPR more than one year after the date of service—“even where the serving party lacks standing to sue or where the pleading is otherwise deficient”.
Native American Tribe’s Patent Stockpile Grows, with More Assets from IV, Plus a Pantech Portfolio
August 30, 2019
Patent Market, Patent Watch
After receiving a patent portfolio directly from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV) late last year, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota—which made headlines in 2017 when it launched a campaign amid the debate over tribal sovereign immunity—has acquired a second portfolio of IV assets, this one by way of a deal with a different Native American tribe. The assignment, which was executed in early August, was closely followed by another notable acquisition by the Three Affiliated Tribes—this one involving a group of patents developed by Pantech.
Inventor Sues Facebook over Live Streaming Video
August 30, 2019
E-Commerce and Software, New Patent Litigation
Las Vegas-based inventor Gabriel De La Vega, Jr. has launched a new litigation campaign, asserting a recently issued patent against Facebook (1:19-cv-01555) over the real-time streaming video functionality offered by Facebook Live. De La Vega has posted extensively on social media about his patent, his lawsuit against Facebook, and possible future litigation, repeatedly asserting that the patent is worth billions of dollars. The patent generally relates to streaming real-time video content over a cellular network and viewing that content on mobile device, along with a system that pays a “digital currency” fee, based on the number and duration of stream views, to the “mobile content provider” producing the stream.
With Multiple IV Portfolios in Hand, Texas Law Firm Looks Ready to Launch More Litigation
August 29, 2019
Patent Market, Patent Watch
USPTO records suggest that a Dallas-based law firm associated with a number of NPEs is gearing up to launch new litigation asserting patents received from Intellectual Ventures LLC (IV). Meanwhile, the past couple of months have seen two NPEs managed by two of the firm’s partners add new defendants to litigation.
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