A number of green patent complaints were filed in November and December of 2015 in the areas of LEDs, smart grid, and water treatment.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Ace Hardware Corporation
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Bulbrite Industries, Inc.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. FEIT Electronic Co.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. G7 Corporation
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Ikea North America Services LLC
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Philips Electronics North America Corp.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Technical Consumer Products, Inc.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. TigerDirect, Inc.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Torchstar Corp.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Ushio America, Inc.
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Wayfair LLC
Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Westinghouse Lighting Corp.
Bluestone Innovations fired off thirteen complaints against a host of LED manufacturers and retailers on November 30, 2015. All were filed in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California (most, if not all, in San Francisco).
Some representative complaints can be viewed here: Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Ace Hardware Corporation; Bluestone Innovations LLC v. Bulbrite Industries, Inc.; Bluestone Innovations LLC v. FEIT Electronic Company, Inc.; Bluestone Innovations LLC v. G7 Corporation
Bluestone asserted infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,163,557 (‘557 Patent). The ‘557 Patent is entitled “Fabrication of group III-V nitrides on mesas” and directed to group III-V nitride films fabricated on mesas patterned either on substrates such as sapphire substrates or on group III-V nitride layers grown on substrates. The mesas provide reduced area surfaces for epitaxially growing group III-V nitride films to reduce thermal film stresses in the films to minimize cracking.
The accused products are various brands and models of LED lightbulbs with group III-V nitride epitaxial films.
Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Firetide, Inc.
Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Strix Systems, Inc.
Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. S&C Electric Company
Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. 3E Technologies Int’l, Inc.
Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. FluidMesh Networks LLC
Endeavor MeshTech (a wholly-owned subsidiary of patent monetization firm Endeavor IP) made a strong finish to a busy year of patent enforcement, filing five new lawsuits in November and December of 2015.
The suits against Firetide and Strix Systems were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 23, 2015 (Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Firetide, Inc.; Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Strix Systems, Inc.); the S&C Electric and FluidMesh Technologies complaints were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on December 1 and December 28, 2015, respectively (Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. S&C Electric Company; Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. Fluidmesh Networks, LLC); the lawsuit against 3E Technologies was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland on December 23, 2015 (Endeavor Meshtech, Inc. v. 3E Technologies International, Inc.).
All of the complaints accuse the defendants of infringing three patents in a family – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,379,981 (‘981 Patent), 8,700,749 (‘749 Patent), and 8,855,019 (‘019 Patent), each entitled “Wireless communication enabled meter and network.”
The patents-in-suit relate to a self-configuring wireless network including a number of vnodes and VGATES.
Clean Energy Management Solutions, LLC v. Eaton Corp.
The ‘893 Patent is entitled “Web bridged energy management system and method” and directed to systems and methods enabling individual energy management sites to be connected using a web bridge such that data from the individual sites can be accumulated to a single site, data from one site can be distributed to many sites, and a pyramid arrangement can be used.
The ‘962 Patent is entitled “System and method for forecasting energy usage load” and directed to systems and methods dynamic, real-time energy load forecasting for a site.
Filed December 16, 2015 in federal court in Marshall, Texas, the complaint alleges that Easton’s smart grid solutions such as the Yukon IED Manager Suite infringe the patents-in-suit.
Atlas IP, LLC v. City of Naperville
Atlas filed suit against the City of Naperville, Illinois, alleging that the municipality’s installation of REX2 residential smart meters supplied by Elster Metering infringes an Atlas smart meter patent.
The asserted patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,371,734, is entitled “Medium access control protocol for wireless network” and directed to a reliable medium access control protocol for wireless LAN-type network communications among a plurality of resources, such as portable computers.
The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on November 30, 2015.
America Greener Technologies, Inc. et al. v. Enhanced Life Water Solutions, LLC et al.
In a complaint filed December 8, 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, America Greener Technologies (AGT) sued a number of companies and individuals for alleged infringement of a patent relating to a water treatment device and process.
The asserted patent is U.S. Patent No. 8,477,003, entitled “Apparatus for generating a multi-vibrational field” (‘003 Patent). The ‘003 Patent is directed to an apparatus and method for generating multi-vibrational electromagnetic (MVEM) fields for use in many water treatment applications, including eliminating calcium build-up, reducing salt usage, increasing water clarity, restructuring or inhibiting nitrates, and restructuring or inhibiting calcium salts and other minerals.
AGT alleges that, after selling the patent to AGT, one of the inventors/co-defendants manufactured a patented device and has been leasing, selling or renting the device.
Veolia Water Solutions & Technology Support v. WesTech Engineering, Inc.
Veolia sued WesTech in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, asserting U.S. Patent No. 8,961,785 (‘785 Patent).
The ‘785 Patent is entitled “Rotary disc filter and module for constructing same” and directed to a rotary disc filter device including a rotary drum and disc-shaped filter members secured about the drum.
Filed November 13, 2015, Veolia’s complaint alleges that WesTech’s SuperDisc disc filter infringes the ‘785 Patent.