Spherix (SPEX) Announces Filing of Additional Patent Suits by Equitable IP

August 17, 2016 8:06 AM EDT
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Spherix Incorporated (Nasdaq: SPEX) announced that Equitable IP Holdings LLC ("Equitable" or the "Equitable IP Program"), has filed two additional patent infringement lawsuits on the patents Spherix acquired from Rockstar.

In addition to the three new suits filed by Equitable that were announced on August 16th, Spherix is announcing that Equitable subsequently filed two additional cases in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against:

  • Sprint Corporation and Clearwire Corporation; case number: 1:16-cv-00719
  • ATN International, Comnet Wireless and Choice Communications; case number: 1:16-cv-00718

The combined market capitalization of the defendants named in the complaints is in excess of $25 billion. The infringement claims relate to U.S. Patent No. RE40,999 ("the '999 patent"), entitled "VLAN Frame Format". The '999 patent is necessary to the practice of an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ("IEEE") networking standard that supports virtual local area networks (VLANs) on an Ethernet network.

As stated in prior releases, both Equitable and Spherix feel strongly about the opportunity to monetize the value of the patents under the Equitable IP Program. These latest filings bring the total number of infringement cases under this program to six (6) and are a testament to the Companies' accelerated effort to achieve a formidable stream of licensing revenues from these valuable patents.

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