Fri, Oct. 16, 9:24 AM
- Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) has bought a holding company (named IDG) consisting of fliCharge, a wireless charging technology developer, and Group Mobile, a maker of rugged PCs, tablets, and handheld computers. The company is issuing preferred stock convertible into common shares equal to 11.4% of the combined company's equity.
- fliCharge's technology enables the simultaneous charging of multiple devices on the same pad regardless of position or power needs. Vringo asserts fliCharge is "commercializing, partnering or developing products in numerous markets including automotive, education, office, healthcare, power tools and vaporizers." Group Mobile's customers include enterprises, military suppliers, small businesses, and individuals.
- Vringo CEO Andrew Perlman: "Our existing patent licensing and litigation strategy remains intact and on track. We believe this acquisition offers diversification to our shareholders and additional licensing opportunities." The move comes shortly after the Supreme Court declined to review an adverse appeals court ruling regarding Vringo's suit against Google.
- Vringo has risen to $0.50 premarket.
- Update: More details on the acquisitions can be found in a Vringo presentation (.pdf). IDG had 2014 revenue of $7M+. fliCharge's charging pads are said to be "offered in various Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota models" through a partnership with an unnamed tier-1 auto supplier. A partnership also exists with "smart furniture solutions" maker Bretford. (hat tip: SA commenter Seppo Sahrakorpi). Vringo has pared its gains: Shares are now up 7.7%.
Fri, Jul. 31, 11:21 AM
- "Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) respectfully requests that this Court order that all responsive documents be produced from all ZTE custodians' electronic and hardcopy files, and from all of ZTE's internal networks, by a date certain." Thus reads the first sentence in the conclusion of a Vringo motion to compel complete document production by ZTE.
- Vringo accuses ZTE of having "a team of more than 115 employees working on the Vringo litigation and asserting 'countermeasures' against Vringo," and of providing these employees with Vringo's NDA material. "Last week ZTE represented that its document production was substantially complete. ZTE now has admitted that it never collected (or even looked for) documents from the vast majority of ZTE employees that received Vringo's NDA material ... based on ZTE's email retention and newly disclosed destruction procedures, it is highly likely that evidence was destroyed."
- Prior Vringo/ZTE coverage
Mon, Jun. 29, 10:52 AM
- Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) states a Brazilian appellate judge has denied ZTE's request to overturn a preliminary injunction placed on ZTE 3G/4G mobile infrastructure hardware ruled to be infringing Vringo's IP.
- Vringo has also filed a brief with the trial court that issued the injunction to request "further enforcement measures to secure ZTE`s compliance with the injunction, and asking the court to order ZTE to pay an accumulated daily fine of R$ 8,080,000-approximately $2.5 million-for ZTE`s violation of the injunction." A decision is expected shortly.
- In Romania, a Bucharest appeals court has denied a ZTE request to cancel a January ruling placing an injunction on ZTE 4G phones and infrastructure hardware. Vringo adds it's "investigating whether ZTE Romania and its retailers have breached the preliminary injunction."
- In the U.S., a Southern New York district court has "granted Vringo's motions to de-designate ZTE's responses to discovery requests, including those that reference ZTE's communications with the National Resources Development Counsel ("NDRC") of the People`s Republic of China, as 'Highly Confidential - Attorneys Eyes Only - US Only'." Vringo declares the ruling will allow it to "participate more effectively in its breach of contract case against ZTE, in which the Court has already held that ZTE breached a non-disclosure agreement signed between the parties in December 2013."
- Prior Vringo/ZTE coverage
- Last Friday: Vringo files $50M mixed shelf
Thu, May 14, 12:27 PM
- Vringo (VRNG +3.4%) has officially filed a petition for a Supreme Court review of last August's federal appeals court (CAFC) ruling that overturned a Virginia jury's infringement verdict against Google.
- The company stated in December it planned to seek a Supreme Court review, after the CAFC denied Vringo's petition for an en banc review of its ruling. The S.C. only reviews a tiny % of petitioned cases.
- Vringo's petition argues "the Supreme Court should intervene to ensure that patent litigation does not continue to be at risk of arbitrary re-litigation years after a patent has been issued by appellate judges who did not witness the trial and have only the cold record to review."
- Separately, ZTE states China's patent re-examination board has invalidated a Vringo patent for the 13th time in 9 months. The invalidations come ahead of a June 1 hearing by a Shenzhen court for a ZTE anti-monopoly suit against Vringo.
Fri, May 1, 9:43 AM
- An online listing of the statuses of various U.K. lawsuits suggests Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) has settled its British infringement suit against ZTE. Vringo has jumped in response.
- Vringo stated a month ago it had filed a Statement of Case in the U.K. that "sets out terms for a FRAND license in the context of appropriate relief being determined" for a patent a local court had ruled ZTE to be infringing. Last December, ZTE was ordered to pay $938K in Vringo legal fees on account of having been ruled to infringe the U.K. part of a Vringo European patent.
Wed, Apr. 8, 5:04 PM
- A Southern New York federal court has ruled ZTE breached an NDA with Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) that formed the original basis of Vringo's U.S. claim against the Chinese IT/telecom equipment firm.
- The court, which assumed control of Vringo's U.S. suit against ZTE in February, has also granted Vringo's requests to consolidate its NDA case and FRAND licensing case (previous) against ZTE for purposes of pretrial discovery, to extend the deadline for fact discovery, and to seal an unredacted version of Vringo's Motion to Compel.
- Vringo also states a French infringement trial against ZTE will start on April 13, and that Brazilian "court-appointed experts" are finalizing reports Vringo believes will demonstrate ZTE's flouting of a local injunction that was upheld last month.
- Shares rose to $0.745 in regular trading. They're up 35% YTD, but remain sharply below where they traded before last summer's adverse CAFC Google ruling.
Tue, Mar. 3, 11:28 AM
- Volatile Vringo (VRNG +7%) has rallied strongly over the last two trading days after providing an update on its ongoing legal battle against ZTE, and publishing patent licensing rate term sheets on its site.
- Of note: Vringo stated ZTE is seeking (in the U.S.) "a final determination on a global FRAND license for ZTE to Vringo`s standard-essential patents," and that its complaint will be heard in a Southern New York district court.
- Also: Vringo says it filed a Statement of Case in the U.K. that "sets out terms for a FRAND license in the context of appropriate relief being determined" for a Vringo patent ZTE was ruled to infringe, should ZTE request a FRAND license.
- Shares soared last month on hopes a ZTE settlement was near, but gradually gave back a chunk of their gains.
Tue, Feb. 10, 11:51 AM
- Four days after ZTE filed a request in a Delaware court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) to prevent it from making a deposit that would allow a Romanian injunction to be enforced, a motion to dissolve the TRO has been granted, and the case transferred to a Southern New York district court. (hat tip: Patent Plays)
- Also: Court docs indicate ZTE's chief IP officer recently visited Vringo's NYC office last week.
- Vringo's shares are up 53% over the last two trading days.
- Yesterday: Vringo closes up 30.6% on ZTE settlement hopes
Mon, Feb. 9, 5:02 PM
- Quiet for much of the day, Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) blasted off during the final hour. Growing hopes for a favorable ZTE settlement are the apparent trigger.
- Late on Friday, ZTE filed a request in a Delaware federal court for a temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction against Vringo to prevent it from submitting a deposit to enforce a recent Romanian injunction - ZTE phones sold in Europe are produced in Romania - while stating it wants to license Vringo's patents on FRAND terms. Vringo responded (.pdf) with a letter to the judge handling the case accusing ZTE of violating an NDA.
- SA author Patent Plays: "It now appears Vringo, who was "slow rolling" the Romania cash deposit, may have done so to provoke ZTE into filing a FRAND lawsuit here in the United States ... It now appears that Vringo may have strategically aligned these series of events to advance not only a ZTE Frand settlement, concerning Vringo's 3G 4G LTE wireless patents, but a far reaching NDA lawsuit affecting the entire smartphone industry."
- Update: Vringo is up another 12.4% to $0.91.
Wed, Feb. 4, 1:11 PM
- The Romanian court handling Vringo's (VRNG +4) infringement suit against ZTE in the country has rejected ZTE's attempt to obtain extraordinary relief for an injunction placed on sales of 4G phones and infrastructure gear within the country.
- ZTE had petitioned the court to require Vringo to pay a €40M bond. Vringo's bond payment remains at €240K. The injunction remains in place "pending trial on the merits."
- Shares are higher, but have pared their gains for the day after Vringo's PR was released. They rose slightly yesterday after Vringo provided a legal update on its battles against ZTE in the U.K., Romania, Germany, Brazil, and China.
Fri, Jan. 23, 1:22 PM
- A German court has ruled ZTE and Asus didn't infringe the German parts of Vringo's (NASDAQ:VRNG) '136 and '941 European patents. The first patent covers devices (including hotspot-capable hardware) that provide data services between two networks, and the second is related to navigation systems providing traffic info. (8-K)
- Vringo says it's exploring all possible remedies, including appeal. A German court is also set to rule on the validity of the '136 and '941 patents (the hearing date hasn't yet been set).
- Vringo has been squaring off against ZTE in many different locales. Last month, a U.K. court ordered ZTE to pay Vringo $938K to cover the latter's legal costs for an infringement suit related to the U.K. part of Vringo's '919 European patent.
Tue, Jan. 20, 12:14 PM
- By a 7-2 margin, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Teva Pharmaceuticals in its patent suit against generic drugmakers, thereby reversing a federal appeals court (CAFC) decision that declared a patent in dispute was invalid, and sending the case back for further review.
- Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) appears to have gotten a lift from the ruling. The company is a month removed from stating it will seek a Supreme Court review of the CAFC's adverse ruling against Vringo regarding its infringement suit against Google, after the CAFC denied a petition for an en banc review of its decision. (hat tip: Patent Plays)
- Shares are still down 82% from where they traded prior to the Google ruling.
Dec. 15, 2014, 12:40 PM
- The federal appeals court that ruled against Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) in its infringement suit against Google has denied its petition for en banc review of the ruling.
- Vringo says it will now seek a Supreme Court review. Lawyer David Boies: "This case presents important questions of patent law and the role of juries in patent cases that require further review. The dissenting opinion is a powerful signal that this case warrants attention."
- The SC only hears a small fraction of the cases appealed to it. Federal courts have been frequently ruling against IP licensing firms this year, as Unwired Planet can attest.
Nov. 28, 2014, 10:07 AM
- A U.K. patent court has ruled ZTE infringed the U.K. portion of Vringo's (NASDAQ:VRNG) '919 European patent, which covers 3G/4G infrastructure gear. The court also ruled the patent to be valid as amended.
- A subsequent hearing will be held to address remedies. Vringo has sued ZTE in a number of different markets (I, II, III).
- Update: ZTE states "the impact of the decision on ZTE’s business operations in the UK is limited as no ZTE products containing technology related to the ‘919’ patent are currently shipped in the country."
Oct. 15, 2014, 11:20 AM
- Not surprisingly (given past statements), Vringo (VRNG +4.9%) has "submitted a petition for rehearing en banc in its case against Google and certain of Google`s customers" to the U.S. federal appeals court that ruled against it in August.
- Vringo's petition "argues that the majority`s opinion in this case presents important questions of law and is at odds with a series of Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions, which do not allow appellate judges to disregard a jury`s detailed findings under these circumstances."
- Shares have moved higher following the announcement.
Sep. 2, 2014, 12:32 PM
- In a shareholder update, Vringo (NASDAQ:VRNG) says it's "preparing for the next steps" in its legal battle against Google following last month's appeals court ruling.
- The company also notes it has more than 10 hearings scheduled this year for various IP suits - a list of hearing dates is provided for its disputes with ZTE and Asus - and that it currently has $29M in cash and no debt.
- Vringo adds it "continues to review assets and strategic opportunities that it believes would add value for our shareholders."
- Shares still -66% from where they traded prior to the appeals court ruling.
- Previous: Vringo to seek en banc review of Google ruling
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