Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Lenovo settles with Patent Troll over User Interface Patent

Case Filed: Oct 27, 2012

Case Closed: May 16, 2013

Judge: Roy S. Payne

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by Hopewell Culture & Design against Lenovo for infringing their patent US7171625. The patent entitled Double-clicking a point-and-click user interface apparatus to enable a new interaction with content represented by an active visual display element was issued on Jan 30, 2007 and expires[i] by Jun 18, 2022. The patent is currently assigned[ii] to Todo Partners (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database) and Hopewell is the exclusive licensee of the patent as per the complaint. 

Hopewell alleged that Lenovo infringes software allowing the user to double click or tap a visual element representing interactive content and interact with a second version of the interactive content. The accused products were ThinkPad Tablet and IdeaPad A1. 

The suit is concluded as the parties have reached a patent license and settlement agreement. Having considered the request made by Hopewell for a dismissal, the Court granted a dismissal and ordered that all the claims asserted in the suit to be dismissed without prejudice.  The costs are borne by the parties themselves. No information about the settlement is available at this point. 

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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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