Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lawsuit Summary - SmartPhone vs. Apple and AT&T

Plaintiff: SmartPhone Technologies LLC

Defendant: Apple Inc., AT&T Inc. and AT&T Mobility LLC

A case (6:13-cv-00196) was filed in the Eastern District of Texas on Feb 25th for patent infringement. The patents involved in this suit are US7076275 (Method and system for single-step enablement of telephony functionality for a portable computer system), US7506064 (Handheld computer system that attempts to establish an alternative network link upon failing to establish a requested network link), RE40459 (Method and apparatus for communicating information over low bandwidth communications networks) and US7533342 (System and method of a personal computer device providing telephone capability). All these patents are currently assigned[*] to Access Co. Ltd. (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). SmartPhone is the exclusive licensee of the 4 patents as per the complaint. 

The ‘275, ‘064 and ‘342 patents relate to the field of portable electronic devices such as personal digital assistants or palmtop computer systems. They allow a background task to run on a portable electronic device facilitating telephony functionality. The ‘459 patent relates to the field of information communications and to low bandwidth network access to internet based information.

Complaint alleges that Apple is manufacturing and marketing computerized communication devices including iPhone4S, iPad2, iPad3, iPad4 and iPad mini, which infringe the methods claimed in the patents-in-suit. 

Another case (6:13-cv-00197) was filed on the same day against LG Electronics asserting the patent US7076275. If you are interested in knowing more about the cases filed, please contact us. To get alerts on cases filed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts

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