Thursday, June 20, 2013

Texas Court Dismisses Suit against LG, AT&T



Case Filed: Feb 25, 2013

Case Closed: Jun 12, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Leonard Davis

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by SmartPhone Technologies against LG and AT&T asserting that their patents were infringed. The patents involved in this suit were:

·        US7076275 entitled Method and system for single-step enablement of telephony functionality for a portable computer system, issued on Jul 11, 2006 and expiring* by Oct 13, 2020
·        USRE40459 entitled Method and apparatus for communicating information over low bandwidth communications networks, issued on Aug 12, 2008 and expiring* by May 29, 2018

The ‘275 and ‘459 patents are currently assigned+ to Access (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database) and SmartPhone is the exclusive licensee of the patents. 

The complaint alleged that defendants manufacture computerized communications devices including, Android smartphones and tablets that infringe the method claimed in the patents. Plaintiff sought a judgment in favor and all other relief to which the Court may deem the plaintiff be entitled.

However, recently the parties filed joint motion to dismiss, following which the Court rendered its final judgment on Jun 12, ordering the claims and counterclaims be dismissed and each party to bear the costs and expenses incurred.

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