Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Weeks after filing a patent infringement lawsuit against LG Electronics, a Texas firm has lobbed similar complaints against four smartphone makers, including Lenovo, a Chinese technology firm with its “dual headquarters” in Morrisville.
The lawsuits, dated Sept. 6, include a complaint filed in a federal court in Delaware by Plano-based Cellular Transitions (CellTran) against Lenovo, primarily surrounding products under the Motorola Mobility label, the smartphone brand Lenovo acquired from Google four years ago.
In addition to Lenovo, CellTran filed three other suits Sept 6, against Huawei Device Co., Razer USA and ASUSTek Computer Inc.
CellTran accuses Lenovo of infringing on its patents with multiple devices, including the Moto Z2 Force phone, the Moto Z3 phone and the Lenovo Miix 630 laptop.
And similar accusations are included in the other suits against Lenovo’s competitors about their devices.
“Lenovo’s and Motorola’s acts of direct infringement have caused, and continue to cause, damage to CellTran, and CellTran is entitled to recover damages sustained as a result of Lenovo’s and Motorola’s wrongful acts in an amount subject to proof at trial,” the complaint reads.
The suit was filed by Stamatios Stamoulis and Richard Weinblatt of Delaware-based Stamoulis & Weinblatt.
CellTran filed a separate patent infringement suit against Lenovo competitor LG Electronics in California Aug. 23.
Little information was available on CellTran, which doesn’t appear to be in the business of manufacturing smartphones like the defendants.
Instead, it appears to monetize patents.
Its registered agent was Matthew DelGiorno, a patent enforcement expert who, according to his profile as president of Dominion Harbor Enterprises, has worked at IP licensing groups, negotiating more than 100 patent acquisition, sale and license agreements. DelGiorno didn’t return an inquiry for more information on the company and attorneys for the plaintiffs did not respond to requests to comment on the case.
It’s hardly the first time Lenovo has been targeted by an apparent patent troll in Texas. Papst Licensing GmbH & Co filed suit against the firm in August. And another Texas company, Mariner, which also doesn’t appear to manufacture electronics, filed multiple suits against Lenovo and other electronics companies in April.
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