updated 11:10 am EDT, Mon September 19, 2011
LVL tries carpet bomb lawsuit to make profit
Largely unknown patent holder LVL Patent Group late last week quietly sued much of the US cellphone business and beyond for alleged patent violations (below). It claims that the iPhone, many Android devices, Symbian, and basic feature phones as well as their carriers violate one or more of a group of four generic patents, including data transaction servers and devices for entering transactions. Most of the patents were issued in or before 2000, but one of the device patents was only live on September 13, two days before the lawsuit was filed.
Among the phone makers, Apple, Casio, HP, HTC, Huawei, LG, Kyocera, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, RIM, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, and Sony Ericsson have all been accused of treading on patents. Most major US carriers have been accused themselves, including AT&T, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, even going so far as to include relatively low-key brands like Boost Mobile and TracFone.
As with most such suits, the Delaware-based complaint is asking for a ban on any products that allegedly violate the patents, but its real goal is to unspecified damage payments.
LVL has no presence online and, while not trying to target its lawsuit in the patent lawsuit-friendly state of Texas, otherwise follows the conventional definition of a patent troll. Most such firms often try to target as many large companies as possible hoping that it can profit from their success while not making any real products of its own.