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Expert Jon Cartu Says – Huawei Remains In The WSOU Crosshairs, With Nine New Cases…

Huawei Remains In The WSOU Crosshairs, With Nine New Cases...

Expert Jon Cartu Says – Huawei Remains In The WSOU Crosshairs, With Nine New Cases…


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The single case that
WSOU Investments, LLC
filed against Huawei has
become a barrage (
6:20-cv-00189
,
6:20-cv-00190
,
6:20-cv-00191
,
6:20-cv-00192
,
6:20-cv-00196
,
6:20-cv-00198
,
6:20-cv-00199
,
6:20-cv-204
,
6:20-cv-205
), with WSOU filing nine new Western District of
Texas cases, each asserting a single patent from a portfolio of
assets received from Nokia (including from
Alcatel-Lucent) throughout 2017. Together, the ten
suits target a range of networking devices and systems provided by
Huawei.

The first of a family of three, the patent asserted in the -189
case (
7,095,713
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in August 2006 with an
estimated priority date in April 2003. The NPE accuses Huawei of
infringement through the provision of certain S9300 series
(e.g., S9303, S9306, and S9312) network switches. The
‘713 patent generally relates to a “fabric access
device” with “multiple system interfaces”.

Comprising a one-member family, the patent asserted in the -190
case (
7,487,240
) generally relates to verifying network activity and
displaying the results of that verification, as well as generating
alarms based on certain related thresholds. It issued to
Alcatel-Lucent in February 2009 with an estimated priority date in
April 2003. WSOU has sued Huawei over the provision of network
management products (including the iManager U2000 Unified Network
Management System), targeting features related to performance
management and fault detection.

Comprising a single patent family, the patent asserted in the
-191 case (
7,508,755
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in March 2009 with an
estimated priority date in July 2003. It is generally directed to a
“system for rerouting traffic from a bi-directional Label
Switched Path”. Huawei is accused of infringement through the
provision of routers that support Fast reroute (FRR) through
Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE),
including the Huawei NetEngine 40E series routers.

Comprising a family of one, the patent asserted in the -192 case
(
7,515,546
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in April 2009 with an
estimated priority date in December 2001. The ‘546 patent
generally relates to “automatically discovering networking
devices” that have routing capabilities within a “managed
network”. Huawei is accused of infringement through the
provision of the eSight Unified Management system, with the
system’s integration of operations and maintenance (O&M)
management at issue.

The second of a two-member family, the patent asserted in the
-196 case (
7,860,512
) issued to Nokia in December 2010 with an estimated
priority date in September 2002. The ‘512 patent broadly
pertains to “managing radio resources and radio system”.
Huawei is accused of infringement through the provision of
enterprise networking solutions, including the Huawei eLTE
Integrated Access Solution.

Comprising a family of one, the patent asserted in the -198 case
(
7,872,973
) generally relates to lossless network traffic
management. It issued to Alcatel-Lucent in January 2011 with an
estimated priority date in March 2006. Huawei is accused of
infringement through the provision of network switches that
incorporate “queueing features”, including the
CloudEngine 6800 series switches.

Comprising a single patent family, the patent asserted in the
-199 case (
8,200,224
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in June 2012 with an
estimated priority date in December 2008. The ‘224 patent
broadly relates to handover between devices. WSOU accuses Huawei of
infringement through the provision of LTE routers, network
elements, smartphones, smart home devices, trunking handsets and
terminals, and related software. At issue are the products’
ability to handover through LTE.

Comprising a one-member family, the patent asserted in the -204
case (
8,417,112
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in April 2013 with an
estimated priority date in May 2003. The ‘112 patent generally
relates to optical network switching in the event of detecting
faults, with Huawei accused of infringement through the provision
of networking hardware, including the OptiX PTN 3900 optical
transport platform and 1900 series routers. At issue are the
devices’ use of protection switching.

Comprising a family of one, the patent asserted in the -205 case
(
9,084,199
) issued to Alcatel-Lucent in July 2015 with an
estimated priority date in September 2004. The ‘199 patent
generally relates to adjusting a channel quality indicator (CQI)
channel based on “quality metrics” in a cellular network.
Huawei is accused of infringement through the provision of base
stations that “generate quality metrics to dynamically adjust
system or CQI channel configurations and power settings”.

WSOU was formed in Delaware in July 2017; its address, as
provided in assignment records, is that of Coast Asset Management,
a “leading fixed income arbitrage manager” run by David
Ellison Smith, as well as Juniper Capital
Partners
, an “investment firm with a predisposition
towards distressed or out-of-favor assets with attractive
valuations” controlled by Jay Alexander Wolf. In conjunction
with its new complaint, WSOU identifies its corporate parent as WSOU Holdings, LLC, a Delaware entity formed
on May 7, 2019. Delaware records further identify a WSOU Investments II, LLC, an entity formed
there in January 2018, and WSOU Capital Partners, LLC, an entity formed
there on May 7, 2019, as well.

While Delaware records do not provide information about
WSOU’s management, patent assignment agreements filed with the
USPTO (e.g., this one) shed some light on who is behind it:
Craig Etchegoyen (cofounder and CEO of Uniloc Corporation Pty. Limited) has signed on
WSOU’s behalf (as a member), as has Stuart Shanus (as managing
member). Shanus (a former partner at Reed Smith LLP) serves as
general counsel of Wade and Company, a Canadian “private
family office investment firm and merchant bank” which,
according to documents filed with the USPTO (e.g., the
Amended Schedule B1 in this document), originally acquired certain
patents from Nokia on July 22, 2017, assigning the whole of its
interest in the patent purchase agreement to WSOU on August 21 (see
Assignment of Patent Purchase…

Jonathan Cartu

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