Pokemon Go Developer Niantic Sued by NantWorks LLC over AR Tech Patents

The Pokemon Go developer Niantic is now being sued by NantWorks LLC due to the way that AR is used in both Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

According to Bloomberglaw, NantWorks LLC accused Niantic of infringing its patents with the AR tech in Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

In the lawsuit, filed by NantWorks LLC in a federal court in California on September 3, 2020, NantWorks LLC claims that they’ve been researching AR technology since 2011 and they own U.S Patent Nos. 10,403,501, 10,614,467 and 10,664,518 covering improvements to the technology.

NantWorks LLC has been working with augmented reality technology since 2011 and is dedicated to improving the technology, which covers patents allegedly infringed by Niantic, however this legal process is still early in its development, so fans will have to wait to see what happens.

Niantic has not yet made a public statement about the lawsuit.

Here are more details about the lawsuit, thanks to docketsjustia:

NantWorks, LLC et al v. Niantic, Inc.

  • Plaintiff: NantWorks, LLC and Nant Holdings IP, LLC
  • Defendant: Niantic, Inc.
  • Case Number: 3:2020cv06262
  • Filed: September 3, 2020
  • Court: US District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Presiding Judge: Laurel Beeler
  • Nature of Suit: Patent
  • Cause of Action: 35:271
  • Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

Date Filed Document Text

September 3, 2020 Filing 5 Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge’s standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court’s web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 9/17/2020. (anjS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/3/2020).

September 3, 2020 Filing 4 REPORT on the filing or determination of an action regarding a Patent (cc: form mailed to register). (Blackburn, Matthew) (Filed on 9/3/2020).

September 3, 2020 Filing 3 Certificate of Interested Entities by Nant Holdings IP, LLC, NantWorks, LLC identifying Corporate Parent California Capital Equity, LLC, Other Affiliate Patrick Soon-Shiong for Nant Holdings IP, LLC, NantWorks, LLC. re #1 Complaint, #2 Proposed Summons (Blackburn, Matthew) (Filed on 9/3/2020).

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