Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Texas Court Dismisses Lawsuit against HTC

Case Filed: Mar 12, 2012

Case Closed: May 10, 2013

Judge: Barbara M.G. Lynn

Court: Texas Northern District Court

Case Summary:
MES accused HTC, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Celco of infringing 4 patents related to the transmission of data to and from mobile phones. The patents involved in this suit are:

  • US6415325 - Transmission system with improved synchronization, issued on July 02, 2002 and expires* by Dec 16, 2017
  • US6879838 - Distributed location based service system, issued on Apr 12, 2005 and expires* by Apr 20, 2021
  • US7096033 - Mobile apparatus enabling inter-network communication, issued on Aug 22, 2006 and expires* by Jul 18, 2020 
  • US7317687 - Transmitting data frames with less interframe space (ifs) time, issued on Jan 08, 2008 and expires* by Jul 13, 2024
The patents are currently assigned[i] to MES (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). MES alleged that defendants are manufacturing and commercializing HTC devices including HTC Inspire, HTC Status and HTC Vivid that are configurable to communicate data received from a first communication network to a second communication network as claimed in the above said patents. 

The dispute has reached an end with MES filing motion to dismiss all the claims. Upon MES’s request, the Court ordered all the claims and counterclaims be dismissed without prejudice, thereby concluding the case. However, another case filed by MES against Motorola Mobility asserting the same patents is still pending.
See 3:12-cv-00794 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.

[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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