Jakuta Diodes LLC, a non-practicing entity run by Nicolas Labbit, filed enforcement actions alleging infringement of a patent for a device and method for diffusing light in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas against Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., American Honda Motor Co. and five other companies.

Other named defendants are Acuity Brands, Teledyne Reynolds Inc., Cree Inc, Soraa Inc. and Ledengin Inc.

The patent in suit is U.S. Patent No. 6,079,854 A1, entitled device and method for diffusing light. The patent has been in force since 2000 and the named investor is Dojin Ra. The patent was previously assigned to IP Pioneer Group.

Jakuta Brands is represented by Rasheed McWilliams, Daniel Cotman and Obi Iloputaife of the Cotman IP Law Group in Pasadena, California.

Rabbit controls 19 other companies. They are Urgensync LLC, Verifier Network Solutions LLC, Frequency Systems LLC, Cryptopeak Solutions LLC, Ectolink LLC, Broadcast Solutions LLC, Caltex Patent Group LLC, Unibeam Photonics LLC, Kinetic Trac LLC, Iris Connex LLC, Motile OpticsLLC, Power Regeneration LLC, Vari-Volt Technologies LLC, Tellus Fit LLC, PicoByte Systems LL, Sync Dynamics LLC, Si-Flash LLC, Drone Control LLC and Interface Connexion LLC.

In June, Pico Byte filed 24 enforcement actions for alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,771,981, related to adaptive transmission in multi-access asynchronous channels.

The actions were filed in U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas against: Acer America; Aliphcon Inc., doing business as Jawbone; Antec; ASUS Computer International; Blackberry; Bose; Denoin Electronics; GoPro; Harman International Industries; HTC America; Jvckenwood; Logitech; Monster; NVIDIA; Onkyo; Panasonic Corp. of North America; Pioneer Electronics; Polk Audio; Pyle Audio; Samsung Electronics America; Sharp Electronics; Toshiba America Information Systems; Westinghouse Licensing Corp., doing business as Westinghouse Electronics Co., Westinghouse Security and Westinghouse Electronics; and Yamaha Corp. of America.

Labbit couldn’t be reached for comment.

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