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Six Months After Microsemi Settlement, Sentient Sensors Sues Cypress Semiconductor
October 4, 2019
New Patent Litigation, Semiconductors
In March 2018, inventor-controlled Sentient Sensors, LLC began litigating a single patent generally related to a controller “that can freely be reprogrammed in the field to work with various inputs and outputs” and that “is similar to a ‘system-on-a-chip’…but…transcends the functional capability of a single integrated circuit”. The plaintiff accused Microchip (Microsemi) of infringement in an Eastern District of Texas case that ended roughly one year later, in April 2019. Now, Sentient Sensors has tagged Cypress Semiconductor (1:19-cv-01868) in the District of Delaware, accusing the defendant of infringing the same patent through the provision of its “Programmable System on a Chip (“PSoC®”) lines of system-on-a-chip (SoC) products including the PSoC 3, PSoC 4, PSoC 5, and PSoC 6 product lines”.
Smart Home Campaign of IP Edge Hits Four Defendants Across Multiple Districts
October 4, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, New Patent Litigation
Zyrcuits IP LLC, an NPE apparently associated with monetization firm IP Edge LLC, has expanded its smart home campaign, adding suits against Assa Abloy (3:19-cv-02317), eZLO (1:19-cv-01828), Robert Bosch (Bosch Security Systems) (1:19-cv-01827), and SengLED (1:19-cv-04393) across various districts, targeting the provision of smart home products supporting the ZigBee wireless communications standard, including, for example, the eZLO Jilia Hub and the RADION PIR ZB Wireless Motion Detector. The new suits join a campaign launched in August 2019 against five defendants, including Samsung and Spectrum Brand Holdings, with the NPE asserting a single patent generally related to spread-spectrum wireless data transmission.
Mobile Device Cameras at Issue in New Case over Patents Naming Inventor with Ties to InterDigital and Soryn IP
October 4, 2019
E-Commerce and Software, Mobile Communications and Devices, New Patent Litigation
Inventor-controlled Clear Imaging Research, LLC has filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas against Samsung (2:19-cv-00326), accusing the tech giant of infringing six image capture and processing patents through the provision of a long list of smartphones and tablets. The plaintiff pleads that it was founded by Fatih Ozluturk, the sole inventor named on the asserted patents, a former engineer with InterDigital, Inc., and a patent monetization professional with ties to Soryn IP Group, LLC.
Claims from BlackBerry Messaging and Social Media Patents Invalidated Under Alice in Central District of California
October 4, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, Patent Litigation Feature
A California judge has ruled that claims from four messaging and social media patents asserted by BlackBerry are invalid under Alice. In an October 1 order issued in the company’s lawsuit against Twitter, District Judge George H. Wu held that two patents generally related to notification management are unpatentably directed to abstract ideas but granted the plaintiff leave to amend its complaint in order to add additional factual allegations regarding those patents. The court also declined to invalidate two other patents, one due to a factual dispute under Aatrix and the other due to its similarity to certain other patents previously upheld by the Federal Circuit. In addition, the order incorporated Judge Wu’s analysis from another sealed decision issued that same day in cases against Facebook and Snap in which the court invalidated a further two patents but left a third intact.
Centre One Continues VoIP Campaign Revival
October 3, 2019
Networking, New Patent Litigation
Centre One has added a second case, this one against Cox Communications (8:19-cv-01832), to the litigation campaign that the plaintiff revived against AT&T in August 2018. The asserted patents belong to a family of seven generally related to voice communications using an interface or gateway system between an IP network, such as a premise-based IP network, and a public switched telephone network (PSTN). Centre One targets voice over IP (VoIP) services that switch calls between PSTN and VoIP networks in this campaign, which began in December 2008 in a case filed against Deltathree, Vonage, and Verizon.
IP Edge Entity Targets CDMA Smartphones with Former Linex Patent
October 2, 2019
Mobile Communications and Devices, Networking, New Patent Litigation
Monetization firm IP Edge LLC has filed a second litigation campaign over a patent from among those received in a 30-asset transaction in April 2019 with former litigating NPE Linex Technologies, Inc. The plaintiff is Aperture Net LLC, the patent broadly pertains to spread-spectrum wireless transmissions, and the defendants are BlackBerry (3:19-cv-02315) and ZTE (3:19-cv-02316), sued in the Northern District of Texas; BLU Products (1:19-cv-24043), in the Southern District of Florida; and LG Electronics (LGE) (1:19-cv-01839) and Sony (1:19-cv-01840), in the District of Delaware. Aperture Net targets the provision of smartphones using the CDMA channel access method, naming the KEYone, Blade X Max, Studio Mega, G5 Silver Tracefone, and Xperia X smartphones, respectively.
Federal Circuit Faults PTAB’s CBM Eligibility Determination in AIA Review Against NPE Linked to Korean Monetization Firm
September 29, 2019
Networking, Patent Litigation Feature
The Federal Circuit has partially reversed and remanded a ruling by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that a device monitoring patent asserted by SIPCO LLC was eligible for covered business method (CBM) review, which led to a January 2018 final decision cancelling claims from the patent under Alice and Section 103. Ruling on September 25, a Federal Circuit majority held that the Board had relied upon an improper claim construction for its determination that the patent does not fall within an exception excluding patents that “solve . . . a technical problem using a technical solution” from CBM review (2018-1635). Inventor-controlled SIPCO has seen multiple changes in corporate ownership since the 2005 launch of its litigation campaign, including the publicly announced 2012 acquisition of part ownership stakes by General Electric and MPEG LA. A more recent change in ownership came with less fanfare: In early 2018, SIPCO disclosed in public filings that it is now wholly owned by Glocom, Inc., a Maryland company apparently led by the CEO of Korean patent monetization firm Ideahub, Inc., the latter of which has touted an investment in SIPCO. Ideahub has also just launched a push into US courts in its own right, cofiling litigation with new NPE plaintiff Helios Streaming, LLC.
For Patents to Assert in Its First New Campaign in Years, Acacia Returns to Familiar Well
September 29, 2019
Media Content and Distribution, New Patent Litigation
Targeted Radio LLC has filed suit against Qurate Retail Group (f/k/a Liberty Interactive) (Pandora Media) (3:19-cv-02299), kicking off what appears to be the first new litigation campaign of its parent company Acacia Research Corporation in over four years. The plaintiff—as their exclusive licensee—asserts two patents that broadly pertain to providing advertisements on an “Internet radio” based on a mobile device’s location data, with infringement allegations focused on the provision of targeted advertisements provided to users while using the Pandora Radio service. In the wake of a leadership shakeup, Acacia appears poised for a return to its prior level of assertion activities, including in federal district court.
New Video Streaming Campaign Hits Crackle and Vudu with Patent Portfolio Originating with ETRI
September 28, 2019
Media Content and Distribution, New Patent Litigation
Helios Streaming, LLC (as the asserted patents’ exclusive licensee) and Ideahub, Inc. (as their owner) have launched litigation over 11 patents allegedly related to the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH, a/k/a MPEG-DASH) adaptive bitrate streaming standard, suing Crackle and Crackle Plus, Sony (Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television), and Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (1:19-cv-01818) (the “Crackle defendants”) as well as Walmart (Vudu) (1:19-cv-01792). The District of Delaware complaints respectively target the Crackle/Crackle Plus and Vudu video on-demand services’ use of streaming with MPEG-DASH, detailing a series of attempts by Helios to contact Vudu between August 2018 and March 2019 and to contact the Crackle defendants between August 2018 and September 2019. The original development work for the patents-in-suit was conducted in whole or in part by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI).
Litigation of Bandspeed Patents Passes the Decade Mark
September 28, 2019
Networking, New Patent Litigation
Bandspeed, LLC has kept alive its litigation over a long-asserted portfolio of patents, suing Cypress Semiconductor (1:19-cv-00936) in a new case filed on the heels of notices of settlement in the last two open suits in the campaign, one against each of Curtis International and NXP Semiconductors. The portfolio generally relates to managing communication channels through frequency hopping and transmission power control, with Bandspeed identifying representative Cypress products (the CYW20819 Bluetooth (BT) microcontroller and the PSoC MCU, respectively) that allegedly infringe through the practice of certain Bluetooth standards. Litigation over this portfolio reaches back over a decade, when the prior owner Bandspeed, Inc. (BSI), the operating assets of which were later purchased by Broadcom, launched a campaign that had hit over three dozen defendants by its late 2017 end.
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