Thursday, April 25, 2013

Verdict in Apple, E-Contact Tech Lawsuit

Plaintiff: E-Contact Techs

AppleComcast Interactive
AT&TComcast Interactive MediaIAC Search & Media
CSC HoldingsDellMicrosoft
CenturyLinkEarthLinkMotorola Mobility
Charter CommunicationsGoogleNokia
Opera Software ASASamsung Electronics AmericaYahoo!
QualcommToshiba1&1 Mail & Media
RackspaceVerizon Communications-
RCN Telecom ServicesVirgin Media-

A case was filed against Apple et al. for infringement of patent number US5347579. The patent entitled ‘Personal Computer Diary’ was issued on Sep 13, 1994 and expired[i] on Sep 13, 2011. The current assignee[ii] of the patent is E-Contact Techs (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The complaint stated that defendants’ mail products infringe claims covered in the ‘579 patent.

The case started with all the defendants but most of the defendants were dismissed from the case on plaintiff’s request. Microsoft was dismissed from this case and a separate case (1:12-cv-00040) was filed (which was closed in July 2012). The case then proceeded with Apple, Google and Toshiba as defendants. Judge, Leonard Davis signed off the judgment in which claims 10 and 12 were declared invalid and costs taxed against the plaintiff, thereby closing the case.

Filed Date: September 08, 2011

Closed Date: April 15, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

For more details, please see case 1:11-cv-00426. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts

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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

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