Thursday, May 23, 2013

Patent troll withdraws suit against Sony over drag, tap and scroll

Case Filed: Sep 05, 2012

Case Closed: May 20, 2013

Judge: Michael H. Schneider

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:

Touchscreen Gesture filed a patent infringement suit against Sony claiming that it has violated four patents related to host of smartphone gestures including dragging, tapping on a display and scrolling. The patents involved are as follows:

US7180506 - Method for identifying a movement of single tap on a touch device, issued on Feb 20, 2007 and expires* on Feb 12, 2024

US7184031 - Method and controller for identifying a drag gesture, issued on Feb 27, 2007 and expires* by Jul 06, 2024

US7190356 - Method and controller for identifying double tap gestures, issued on Mar 13, 2007 and expires* by Feb 12, 2024

US7319457 - Method of scrolling window screen by means of controlling electronic device, issued on Jan 15, 2008 and expires* by Feb 12, 2024

These patents are currently assigned[i] to Touchscreen Gestures (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The accused products were Xperia Ion, Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U smartphones as well as the Sony Xperia tablet. 

It appears that Touchscreen Gestures filed for a voluntary dismissal and upon consideration the Judge signed off judgment ordering a dismissal that resolves the suit. 

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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
[i] 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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