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SanDisk sues PAE Round Rock for antitrust violations, breach of contract involving enforcement of former Micron patents

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
SanDisk brought suit against Round Rock Research in the District of Delaware last week, alleging that the patent assertion entity’s acquisition and enforcement of standard essential patents previously held by Micron Technology has violated federal and state antitrust laws and breached contractual commitments to license the patents on RAND terms. The action, Sandisk Corporation v. Round Rock … Continue Reading

SawStop sues power tool makers because its patented technology was not adopted into UL safety standard

Posted in Antitrust, Complaints, District Courts, Litigation
As a reminder that standard essential patent issues go beyond information technology, last week SawStop LLC sued manufacturers of table saws alleging that they conspired to convince Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (“UL”) to not adopt SawStop’s patented table saw safety technology into UL standard 987 (Stationary and Fixed Electric Tools) and to adopt a different technology that required … Continue Reading

Cisco files counterclaim against Rockstar based on assertions against cable operators that purchase Cisco equipment

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
On Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, Cisco filed an answer-counterclaim in D. Del. against Rockstar in response to the complaint filed against Cisco by Rockstar’s subsidiary Bockstar (see our Jan. 2, 2014 post).  Cisco’s counterclaim includes a declaratory judgment action based on Rockstar’s assertion of patents against cable operators that purchase Cisco equipment, including cable operators involved in separate … Continue Reading

Rockstar sued by Arris who manufactures equipment sold to cable operators involved in Rockstar litigation

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Yesterday Arris filed a declaratory judgment action in D. Del. against Rockstar based on Rockstar asserting alleged standard essential patents (SEPs) against cable operators who purchased Arris equipment (recall our Jan. 21, 2014 post about Rockstar lawsuits with cable operators).  Among other things, Arris seeks a declaration of the essentiality of Rockstar patents, what standard setting organization (SSO) obligations … Continue Reading

Rockstar sued by cable operators for breaching standard setting obligations

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Last Friday, several cable operators filed a Complaint against Rockstar in D. Del. alleging that Rockstar’s assertion against them of patents breached obligations owed to various standard setting organizations (“SSOs”) based on prior owner Nortel’s commitment to license patents on RAND, FRAND or royalty-free terms.  Our Jan. 2 and Nov. 1 posts discussed Rockstar’s purchase of Nortel’s patents … Continue Reading

Patent monetization entity MPHJ sues FTC for threatening enforcement action

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Federal Trade Commission, Legislation, Litigation, Uncategorized
Yesterday patent monetization entity MPHJ filed a Complaint in W.D. Tex. against the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for threatening an enforcement action against MPHJ premised on MPHJ’s extensive letter campaign to accumulate license fees on its scanner patents by threatening small end-users with litigation that MPHJ allegedly did not actually intend to pursue.  We previously posted about MPHJ receiving … Continue Reading

More holiday filings in Rockstar’s battle with Google-Android

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Recall that Rockstar started asserting patents it acquired from Nortel by filing a lawsuit in E.D. Tex. on Halloween against Google and certain Android handset manufacturers (see our Nov. post that also summarizes Rockstar’s acquisition of Nortel’s patents).  On Christmas Eve, Google responded by filing a Complaint in N.D. Cal. seeking a declaratory judgment that the patents … Continue Reading

Zenith and MPEG LA move to dismiss ViewSonic’s FRAND-related counterclaims

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation
A few weeks ago, we posted about ViewSonic’s FRAND-related counterclaims against Zenith, Panasonic and Philips (collectively, “Manufacturing Plaintiffs”), as well as its FRAND-related Third-Party claim against MPEG LA.  On Monday, December 16, the Manufacturing Plaintiffs and third-party MPEG LA filed a motion to dismiss with prejudice ViewSonic’s FRAND-related counterclaims for failure to state a claim under … Continue Reading

Motorola opposes Microsoft’s motion to transfer to Ninth Circuit the appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling (Fed. Cir. 14-1089)

Posted in Appeals, Complaints, Litigation, Uncategorized
Motorola has filed its opposition to Microsoft’s motion to transfer the appeal of Judge Robart’s RAND ruling from the Federal Circuit to the Ninth Circuit (see our prior blog on Microsoft’s motion).  Recall that Microsoft argued that the appealed action was a contract action, its nature did not change when that action was consolidated with a … Continue Reading

House Passes Patent Reform Bill: A Summary of the Innovation Act’s Essential Provisions

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Legislation, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Last Thursday, December 5, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309 (“the Innovation Act”), a patent reform bill generally directed to perceived patent litigation abuse by certain patent assertion entities (what some call “patent trolls”).  Prior draft versions of the House bill had gone through several revisions in the past few months (see our September 24 and October … Continue Reading

Rockstar’s Halloween lawsuit against Google and Android device makers skirts standard essential patents?

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities, Uncategorized
Yesterday, the Rockstar Consortium (and its subsidiaries MobileStar Technologies LLC and NetStar Technologies LLC) sued Google and several Andriod device manufactures (Asustek, HTC, Huawei, LG, Pantech, Samsung and ZTE) in E.D. Tex. on several patents that Rockstar had acquired in July 2011 out of the Nortel bankruptcy. You may recall that Rockstar is a consortium that, according to Rockstar’s corporate … Continue Reading

MPEG LA licensors file flurry of standard-essential patent suits on MPEG-2 video compression technology

Posted in Complaints, Litigation
Back in June, we alerted you to a number of infringement suits brought by licensors to the MPEG LA ATSC patent pool in the Southern District of Florida, targeting several television  manufacturers — ViewSonic, Craig Electronics, and Curtis International.  Yesterday, a different group of MPEG LA licensors filed suit on patents related to a different … Continue Reading

Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility over patents relating to WiFi, cellular standards (and others)

Posted in Complaints, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Back in 2011, Intellectual Ventures fired off a patent infringement complaint against Motorola Mobility in the District of Delaware.  That case is scheduled to go to trial early in 2014  But today, Intellectual Ventures upped the ante, announcing that it has filed a second patent infringement complaint against Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility, choosing this time to file … Continue Reading

WiFi equipment suppliers Cisco and HP step in and file declaratory judgment actions against Innovative Wireless Solutions LLC

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Earlier this week, we provided an update on the multitude of WiFi-related infringement lawsuits brought by non-practicing entity Innovative Wireless Solutions LLC against various hotels and restaurants in Texas, noting that IWS had dismissed these suits (albeit without prejudice).  We had discussed that this was a decidedly “un-Innovatio-like” turn in the cases — but yesterday … Continue Reading

MPHJ Technology Investments seeks removal of Vermont consumer protection action to federal court

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
We’re going to take a brief time-out from SEP issues here for a short update on a case that’s being watched with interest by many in the patent world — the Vermont Attorney General’s consumer protection action brought last month against MPHJ Technology Investments, the so-called “scanner patent troll.” (For details on the complaint filed … Continue Reading

PatentMarks Communications asserts that devices transferring files over cellular or WiFi networks infringe newly-issued patent

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
On June 4, a patent holding company named PatentMarks Communications LLC filed patent infringement lawsuits in the District of Delaware against a slew of electronics companies.  The companies accused of infringement include at least Dell, Futurewei, HTC, Kyocera, LG, Motorola Mobility, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and ZTE.  (The complaint against HTC [LINK here] is exemplary).  PatentMarks … Continue Reading

Group of MPEG LA licensors accuse Curtis International and others of infringing ATSC-essential digital television patents

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation
For the second time in a couple of weeks, members of a standard-essential patent pool have filed an infringement lawsuit.  Last month, it was Blu-ray patent pool One-Blue (and several licensors) filing suit against Imation Corp.  Yesterday, a group of licensors to the MPEG LA Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) digital television patent pool filed … Continue Reading

Intellectual Ventures files suit, accuses bank of infringing data security standard-essential patents

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Well-known non-practicing entity Intellectual Ventures has been fairly quiet on the litigation front, particularly as compared to other high-profile NPEs.  And when IV has filed suits, it has generally targeted technology companies, such as semiconductor manufacturers, handset makers, or telecom service providers.  But earlier this week, IV branched out into new territory, suing the First … Continue Reading

Patent pool One-Blue and several licensors file suit against Imation over Blu-ray patents

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation
This past Wednesday, the Blu-ray patent pool One-Blue, LLC and several of its licensors (Philips, Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony) filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Delaware district court, accusing Imation Corp. of infringing several patents that are either essential or related to the Blu-ray Disc Assocation’s (BDA) Blu-ray standards. [One-Blue v Imation Complaint… Continue Reading

Entropic files patent infringement complaint against ViXS Systems over MoCA-essential home entertainment networking patents

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation
Yesterday Entropic Communications, a designer and maker of semiconductors and “system-on-a-chip” (SoC) technology, filed a patent infringement action against fellow SoC maker ViXS Systems in district court in the Southern District of California.  Entropic alleges that ViXS infringes two patents that are essential to the home entertainment networking standards developed and promulgated by the Multimedia … Continue Reading

BlackBerry files amicus brief supporting availability of SEP injunctions in Fed Circuit FRAND appeal (and also gets sued by Wi-LAN for LTE patent infringement)

Posted in Appeals, Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
In a post yesterday, we discussed Nokia’s amicus brief submitted “in support of neither party” in the Apple-Motorola FRAND Federal Circuit appeal (Judge Posner edition).  The amicus brief recently filed by BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) is now public, and it is very similar to Nokia’s — at least when it comes to the issue … Continue Reading

Innovative Wireless Solutions LLC accuses hotels (and others) of infringing WiFi/Ethernet patents formerly owned by Nortel

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
Two weeks ago we noted a slew of infringement lawsuits brought by Wyncomm LLC, a non-practicing entity, against dozens of companies over a WiFi-related patent that was formerly owned by AT&T.  Today, yet another NPE accused multiple companies of infringing WiFi-related patents that used to belong to an telecommunications company.  This time, the NPE is … Continue Reading

Catching up on…Lotes v. Foxconn RAND/antitrust dispute over USB 3.0 standard-essential patents

Posted in Complaints, Court Orders, District Courts, Litigation
It’s no surprise that most of the attention being paid to standard-essential patent issues is focused on the companies involved in the “smartphone wars” — Motorola, Microsoft, Apple. Samsung, etc.  But while these consumer product companies are of course affected by issues involving standard-essential patents, so too are their component suppliers.  A lawsuit filed this … Continue Reading

Intellectual Ventures targets DSL providers in massive new patent infringement complaints

Posted in Complaints, District Courts, Litigation, Non-Practicing Entities
On Friday, February 8, noted and sometimes infamous patent aggregator Intellectual Ventures filed three large patent infringement complaints in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.  In the complaints, Intellectual Ventures accuses several providers of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services of infringing 19 patents that, according to IV, “cover fundamental and … Continue Reading