Sunday, April 28, 2013

Verdict Reached in AT&T Mobility et al. vs. Vehicle IP Lawsuit

Case Filed: Dec 31, 2009

Case Closed: Apr 19, 2013

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Leonard P. Stark

Other Defendants: TeleNav, United Parcel Service, Cellco Partnership, TeleCommunication Systems, Garmin, Networks In Motion

The complaint was filed for infringing the US patent number 5987377 entitled Method and apparatus for determining expected time of arrival. The patent was issued on Nov 16, 1999 and expires[i] by Feb 10, 2015 and currently assigned[ii] to Vehicle IP (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). 

The complaint stated that AT&T Mobility is making use of a navigation service that determines expected time of arrival including AT&T Navigator as claimed in the ‘377 patent. VZ (Verizon) Navigator, Garmin Mobile, TCS (TeleCommunication Systems) Navigator, TeleNav GPS Navigator and MobileCast are the other products that Vehicle IP has identified as infringing. 

Defendants including Garmin and United Parcel Service (UPS) were terminated before the case was closed. The remaining Defendants then filed a Summary Judgment of Non-Infringement after which the Court granted a judgment in favor of the defendants. Further details of the verdict are not disclosed at this point of time. 

See case 1:09-cv-01007 for more details. 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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