The Power Management/Bus Controller Portfolio, acquired from Intellectual Ventures in October 2015 and transferred to wholly owned subsidiary, Semcon IP Inc., consists of four United States patents that cover fundamental technology for adjusting the processor clock and voltage to save power based on the operating characteristics of the processor and one United States patent that relates to coordinating direct bus communications between subsystems in an assigned channel.


In May 2018, Semcon brought a patent infringement action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against AsusTeK Computer Inc. for infringement of certain of the Power Management Portfolio, alleging that "Asus has infringed and is continuing to infringe the Patents-in-Suit by making, using, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing, and by actively inducing others to make, use, sell, offer to sell and/or importing, products that utilize SoCs and associated software that perform DCVS or DVFS for power management, including Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs including at least the Snapdragon 800, 820 and 821 SoCs. Such Asus products include at least the Zenfone 3 Ultra, Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Zenfone AR, Zenpad 3 and Padfone X smartphones and tablets. Additionally, these Asus products include software that utilizes DCVS and/or DVFS for power management." A copy of the compaint is available here.


In July 2019, Asus moved for summary judgement of non-infringement, only to withdraw their motion in late August. A copy of the motion is available here and Semcon's response is available here. In September 2019, Asus moved for leave to serve amended initial disclosures and to produce discovery out of time. A copy of the motion is available here and Semcon's response is available here.


A Pretrial Conference was held on October 28, 2019, during which the court gave the parties instructions for jury selection, set trial for December 9th, heard oral arguments on the motion to leave, denied the motion and ordered the parties to return to mediation. The minutes from the pretrial conference are available here.


The Supplemental Mediators Report, filed with the court on November 18, 2019, states "a settlement has been reached as to all claims by and between Plaintiff Semcon IP, Inc. and Defendant AsusTek Computer Inc. This case is now settled." A copy of the mediator's report is available here.


Semcon has resolved cases against Capri Holdings Limited (f/k/a/ Michael Kors Holdings Limited), Kyocera Corporation and Amazon.com, Inc.


Semcon has cases pending against Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. (TXED-2-19-cv-00122 Lead Case) and TCT Mobile International Limited et al (TXED-2-18-cv-00194) consolidated and docketed for trial on September 14, 2020, subject to change; and Shenzhen OnePlus Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (TXED-2-18-cv-00196 )

Docket Control Order


Markman Hearing - March 25, 2020, 1:30PM CT

Jury Selection/Trial - September 14, 2020, 9:00AM CT


A copy of the Docket Control Order is available here.

All dates subject to change


Semcon IP Inc. v. Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. - Lead Case (2:19-cv-00122)

Semcon IP Inc. v. TCT Mobile International Ltd. et. al. - Consolidated (2:19-cv-00194)

The Anchor Structure Portfolio, acquired by company Quest Patent Research Corp. (OTCQB: QPRC) from Intellectual Ventures in October 2015 and transferred to wholly owned subsidiary, Mariner IC Inc., consists of two United States patents which relate to technology for incorporating metal structures in the corners and edges of semiconductor dies to prevent cracking from stresses.


Following the execution of funding agreements and the engagement of counsel, in 2016, Mariner IC brought patent infringement suits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against MediaTek Inc., Texas Instruments Incorporated, LG Electronics Inc., Toshiba Corporation. Those cases were resolved in 2017, generating licensing fees of approximately $1.2 million.


In 2018, Mariner IC brought patent infringement suits in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Sharp Corporation, AsusTek Computer Inc., TiVo Corporation and Huawei Device Co., Ltd et. al. As of September 30, 2019, the action against Huawei is currently stayed pending settlement and the actions against TiVo, AsusTek and Sharp were dismissed. Revenues for the period ended September 30, 2019, which were approximately $2 million according to the Company’s most recent quarterly report (http://nnw.fm/NQe35), includes the revenue from these cases.


“IP monetization poses significant risks. Not only do you have to prove infringement, but a defendant can raise up to 27 patent defenses, any one of which can be case dispositive if successful. Our assets have to survive quite a gauntlet. The success of the Mariner campaigns certainly demonstrates management’s ability to identify, acquire and monetize valuable intellectual property,” Quest CEO Jon Scahill stated in a news release. “IP monetization is complex, costly and takes time to realize. We constantly evaluate ways to mitigate risk, reduce cost and accelerate the timing of our licensing efforts. Management has a clear vision for building long-term value centered around monetizing our existing portfolio as well as continuing to expand our portfolio of valuable IP. The objective is to replicate, many times over, the success shown by the Mariner campaigns.”


The Company has been extremely active in harvesting its existing portfolio of IP assets. Through the end of the third quarter, Quest has partially or fully resolved 8 cases with an additional 7 cases successfully stayed pending settlement.


Quest announced its listing on the OTCQB index in May as part of its growth efforts and plans to continually build financing and revenue sources (http://nnw.fm/3X23b). The company’s annual revenues have grown from around $200,000 in 2015 to $7 million in patent licensing fees last year.

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