LVL Tries Carpet Bombing; Sues Apple, Ignores Samsung

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LVL Patent Group, a little known patent holder, took the US cellular industry by storm, filing nine alleged patent infringement suits against 120 defendants. Top industry players including Apple, Casio, HP, HTC, Huawei, LG, Kyocera, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, RIM, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, AT&T, Cricket, Verizon, T-Mobile and Metro PCS have been accused of alleged patent violations.

The Delaware-based patent holder has claimed that many Android devices, Symbian, iPhone and other basic cellular phone features have violated at least one of its group of five generic patents (6,044,382, 5,805,676, 5,987,1038,019,060 and 7,334,024), which the company acquired from Cyberphone Technologies earlier this month. This includes features like data transaction servers and devices for entering transactions, besides a system for voice and data transmission over the same communication line that are broadly used by all communication servers.

An interesting aspect here is that most of the patents were issued before 2000, but one of device patents went live only on September 13, just two days before LVL filed the lawsuit. Besides, the group has neither targeted Samsung nor Texas Instruments which acquired National Semiconductor earlier this year. With no online presence and seeking unspecified damages and supplemental damages in each suit, LVL clearly has the trolling needle pointing to it.

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