Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lodsys Withdraws Lawsuit against Sandisk

Case Filed: Mar 21, 2013

Case Closed: Apr 26, 2013

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Other Defendants: Nuance Communications

Case Summary: A patent infringement case was filed by Lodsys asserting the patents US7222078 and US7620565. Patent information is as follows:
Current Assignee[*]
Patent Number
Issued Date
Expiration Date[†]

May 22, 2007
Aug 06, 2012
Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network

Nov 17, 2009
Aug 06, 2012
Customer-based product design module
Table information sourced from MaxVal’s Assignment Database

The patents are related to interacting with customers over the internet in relationship to products and services through online help, customer support, tutorials, on-line upgrades, surveys, etc.

The complaint stated that defendants manufacture products/services that infringe the claims in the ‘078 and ‘565 patent. The following are the accused products:

  • Document conversion solution such as PDF Converter Pro 6 with try then buy features (Nuance)
  • Music players such as Sansa Clip Zip 4GB with software update features (Sandisk)

On Apr 24, the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss the case and the Court ordered all claims and counterclaims asserted in the suit be dismissed with prejudice. 

Recently closed cases involving the same patent(s) are:

  • Lodsys Group v. Rosetta Stone (2:12-cv-00288)
  • Lodsys Group v. Edmac Industries, Orchid Cellmark and Implix (2:13-cv-00059)
  • Lodsys Group v. Burberry Limited, Dover Saddlery, Godiva Chocolatier, Freescale Semiconductor and Hanna Andersson LLC, (2:12-cv-00750)
  • Lodsys Group v. Foster and Smith, Walgreen Co and Recreational Equipment (2:12-cv-00287)

See case 2:13-cv-00226 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts

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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.
[†] 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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