Thursday, May 30, 2013

NovelPoint Security and Verbatim Americas Settle Patent Dispute

Case Filed: Feb 01, 2013

Case Closed: May 24, 2013

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:

The case filed by NovelPoint against Verbatim Americas has come to a conclusion as the parties have reached a settlement. 

NovelPoint filed a case against Verbatim for infringing their patent US5434562, which relates to computer security measures that prevent unauthorized reading/modifying computer data. The patent entitled ‘Method for limiting computer access to peripheral devices’ was issued on Jul 18, 1995 and expired[i] on Jul 18, 2012.

The patent is currently assigned[ii] to NovelPoint (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The complaint stated that Verbatim Americas infringed the ‘562 patent by manufacturing devices such as Verbatim Encrypted USB Drives Store ‘n’ Go USB Drive – TAA Comp/FIPS Cert.

Later the parties agreed to settle the case and filed motion for dismissal. The Judge ordered dismissal of the case with prejudice, pursuant to settlement. The terms of agreement were not disclosed. 

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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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