Innovatio was formed in February this year and acquired the 17 patents that it is asserting from wireless chipmaker Broadcom. It had initially tried to take on WiFi equipment vendors Cisco and Motorola but then turned its attention to user organisations. Its most recent initiative has been to target dozens of individual branches of major hotel groups and coffee shop chains - including Ramada, Days Inn. Travelodge and Super 8 - that operate WiFi hotspots, some 200 in total.
Innovatio is seeking to have the targeted organisations prohibited from using any of the allegedly infringing WiFi products and is also seeking damages sustained as a result of the alleged infringements.
Following its initial assault on users earlier this year they turned to Cisco and Motorola for help and the two filed, in May, a complaint against Innovatio seeking a declaratory judgement for non-infringement and to have the 17 patents declared invalid.