IPVal Plaintiff Opens Up LED Lighting Litigation – Patent – United States – Mondaq

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Brightplus Ventures LLC, a plaintiff
associated with Texas monetization firm IPValuation Partners, LLC (d/b/a IPVal), has
launched litigation over the portfolio of LED and LCD backlighting
patents received from IDEAL Industries Lighting, a
subsidiary of IDEAL Industries this past March. LG
(LGE) (
2:22-cv-00170) was sued in late May, with TCL
2:22-cv-00194) added as a defendant afterward, both in the
Eastern District of Texas. The cases follow the end of IDEAL’s
own litigation, mid-appeal from a mixed decision from the
International Trade Commission.

Original development work for the transacted patents, including
those now asserted in litigation (7,690,812; 7,872,705; 8,177,382; 8,294,075; 8,330,710; 8,941,331; 9,605,835; RE42,598; RE45,796), was conducted at
Cree. All eight patents are in suit against both
LGE and TCL. In October 2021, Cree announced a name change, to
Wolfspeed, after completing a “massive
four-year transformation, involving the divestiture of two-thirds
of the business and a repositioning of the company’s overall
core strategy” to focus on its silicon carbide materials,
elevating its semiconductor devices “business unit” to
its central operation. One such divestiture was of its Cree
Lighting business to IDEAL Industries.

Brightplus acquired its portfolio of 34 issued US patents from
IDEAL Industries on March 23, 2022, roughly one month before
IDEAL’s own litigation, via parallel complaints filed against
RAB Lighting before the ITC and the Southern
District of New York, ended in settlement. (IDEAL’s ITC action
ended in a split violation decision, upheld upon agency review and
resulting in exclusion orders that have now been rescinded in light
of the parties’ settlement. Per publicly available records,
IDEAL’s transfer to Brightplus appears to be its first to an

Brightplus was formed in Texas on March 10, 2022, identifying as
its managing member Adam Baumli, an IPVal principal. IPVal has
initiated over 40 litigation campaigns across a wide range of
technology areas over the last few years. Baumli cofounded it in
August 2012, together with Jason Bourgeois and Jonathan Szarzynski;
however, in August 2018, Szarzynski left the firm to form another
Texas monetization firm, Endpoint IP LLC. IPVal has been somewhat less
active, at least in terms of defendants added to litigation
campaigns, since that departure.

To place the new Brightplus campaign in the context of
IPVal’s recent activities, including in existing litigation by
sister NPE LedComm LLC, see “IPVal Acquires Another LED Lighting
Portfolio” (April 2022). To place IPVal’s combined
litigation in the context of the growing number of patent disputes
over LED lighting, start here and here.

In each new complaint, the plaintiff targets the provision of
various LCD TVs, displays, monitors, and certain “products
with lighting unit technology”, targeting various features
related to LED display panels and LED backlighting. Kheyfits
Belenky, LLP filed the cases for Brightplus, with District Judge Rodney Gilstrap now presiding.
5/24, LGE, 6/7, TCL, Eastern District of Texas.

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