Thursday, June 27, 2013

RIM Settles Case over Touchscreen Patents

Case Filed: Apr 11, 2012

Case Closed: Jun 24, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court 

Judge: Michael H. Schneider

Case Summary

A patent infringement case was filed by Touchscreen Gestures against RIM claiming that the latter have violated four patents related to providing functionality through a 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
  • US7184031 - Method and controller for identifying a drag gesture, issued on Feb 27, 2007
  • US7190356 - Method and controller for identifying double tap gestures, issued on Mar 13, 2007
  • US7319457 - Method of scrolling window screen by means of controlling electronic device, issued on Jan 15, 2008 

The ‘506, ‘356 and ‘457 patents expire* on Feb 12, 2024 and ‘031 patent expires on Jul 06, 2024. These patents are currently assigned+ to Touchscreen Gestures (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The patents were originally issued to Sentelic Corporation, a Taiwan based company, manufacturing products including touch screens, touch pads, and touch buttons for applications in electronic devices.

The accused products were Blackberry Torch and Storm2 smartphones as well as the RIM Blackberry Playbook, which allow the identification of drag, tap and scroll gestures via methods, controllers and gestures units as infringing claims of the ‘031, ‘506, ‘356 and ‘457 patents. The complaint sought permanent injunction, money damages and associated attorney’s fees. 

It is likely that the parties have settled the case out of court. A joint motion to dismiss the case was filed by RIM and upon consideration, Court signed off on the final judgment ordering all claims and counterclaims to be dismissed with prejudice. 

See 6:12-cv-00263 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

* 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
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