Arigna technology targets more automakers
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Last week, after filing her first lawsuit in February 2021, Arigna Technology Limited started two more campaigns. In the first, the Irish NPE sued BMW,
Daimler (Mercedes Benz), and
Lamborghini; Porsche) in a single complaint (2: 21-cv-00173) versus cars that have the Analog devices AD8417 / 18 current sense amplifier. In the second, Arigna targets BMW in separate suits (2: 21-cv-00172) on the provision of automobiles and components that use the International Rectifier (Infineon) AUIR2085S; Daimler (Mercedes-Benz) and Volkswagen (2: 21-cv-00175), on the provision of motor vehicles that carry the STMicro L9959S / T H-bridges; and GM, Honda, and
Renault (Nissan) (2: 21-cv-00174), about cars or components that NXP Semiconductors
MC339XX0 series chip packages.
Arigna claims a single patent in lawsuit -173 (8,289,082), originally issued at
Atmel, and received by a sibling NPE, Memory-limited data of
Microchip technology (which Atmel acquired) in February 2020. (Sonraí moved to Arigna later that month.) The earlier in a family of two, the ‘082 patent, generally related to an amplifier that was equipped with a “matching circuit to correct a Offsets “was equipped with an output stream”, issued October 2012 with an estimated priority in December 2009.
In the second campaign, too, Arigna accuses each defendant of infringing a single patent (7,049,850), this one developed by and received by Mitsubishi Electric, also in February 2020 (for a transfer of over 30 patent assets). Generally related to a semiconductor device that performs “drive control” and comprises a single family, the ‘850 patent, which issued in May 2006 with an estimated priority date in April 2003.
Arigna began to sell another of his former Mitsubishi assets (the 7,397,318 Patent generally relating to a “voltage controlled oscillator”) last February in a single lawsuit in the eastern borough of Texas against automakers BMW, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Renault (Nissan),
Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Plaintiff amended its lawsuit in March 2021 to include a second of these former Mitsubishi assets (the 8,247,867 Patent, which by and large relates to a specific semiconductor device) and add GM as a defendant.
All defendants are charged with infringing the ‘318 patent, while only BMW, GM and Volkswagen are charged with infringing the’ 867 patent, with Arigna arguing that the combination is justified in a single lawsuit because “each defendant designs, manufactures , assemble “. , imports, offered for sale and / or sells motor vehicles and their components that contain the chip package MR2001 from NXP Semiconductors “
Arigna and Sonraí are associated with several other Irish companies, including Data Scape Limited (disputed patents originating from origin Sony); Neutron Limited (Claim of patents obtained from Microchip); Scramoge Technology Limited (Litigation of several former LG Innotek against
Samsung); and Solas OLED Limited (Litigation of a display panel campaign based on patents received from Microchip or
Casio to last USD 62.7 million judgment against Samsung). For a closer look at the corporate relationships of these NPEs, see “More hedge fund-backed Irish NPEs open US litigation“(February 2021).
Each of Arigna’s new cases were originally assigned to District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, who also leads the NPE’s previous litigation. The defendants in this first campaign have filed motions to contest the venue. 5/20, Eastern District of Texas.
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