Monday, May 27, 2013

Apple and Cequint Conclude Case over Caller ID

Case Filed: Dec 12, 2011

Case Closed: May 23, 2013

Judge: Sue L. Robinson

Court: Delaware District Court

Case Summary:
A patent infringement was filed against Apple by Cequint, which describes itself as a "pioneer in landline caller ID” and claims that it was first to provide "enhanced mobile caller ID" by showing the phone number of the caller and also the location from where the call originates. The patents involved in this suit are 

US7200212 - Decoding and processing system for advanced determination and display of city and state caller information, issued on Apr 03, 2007 and expiring* by Aug 20, 2022, and
US6353664 - Caller ID equipment which displays location of caller, issued on Mar 05, 2002 and expiring* by Dec 01, 2017.

The patents are currently assigned[i] to Suntrust Bank (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database) and according to the complaint, Cequint is the assignee of the above patents. The accused products were iPhones equipped with the iOS 5.0 that incorporates features claimed in the ‘212 and ‘664 patents. 

The patents cover the retrieval of "the calling number delivery (CND) message from a local central office (CO) switch or mobile station switching center", the storage containing "corresponding geographic information such as city and state by matching the area code and/or local exchange number received, as well as a readout device to display the geographic information. Samsung, HTC, AT&T, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Google, etc. are listed in Cequint’s customer list, with only Apple missing among the telecom majors. 

The civil case is now terminated as the parties have filed for dismissal. No further information is available at this point of time. 

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* 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
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