Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lawsuit Summary - Microunity Systems vs. Apple et al.

Case Filed: Mar 16, 2010

Case Closed: Jul 16, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Leonard Davis

Case Summary:
Microunity filed a suit alleging 22 cellphone companies and service providers infringe 16 of its patents. The defendant list included Acer, Apple, AT&T, Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sprint, Texas Instruments, Cellco, Exedea and Palm. Microunity alleged that infringing products included TI's OMAP-3 and OMAP-4 processors, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, the Apple iPhone 3GS, Google Nexus One, Motorola Droid, Nokia N900 and Palm Pre handsets. 

Microunity said defendants violated the following patents:
Patent Numbers
Current Assignee[i]
Issued Date
Expiration Date[ii]
Apr 21, 1998
Aug 16, 2015
General purpose, multiple precision parallel operation, programmable media processor
Aug 11, 1998
Aug 16, 2015
General purpose, multiple precision parallel operation, programmable media processor
Apr 20, 2004
Aug 16, 2015
System with wide operand architecture, and method
Apr 07, 1998
Jun 07, 2015
System for placing entries of an outstanding processor request into a free pool after the request is accepted by a corresponding peripheral device
Sep 22, 1998
Sep 22, 2015
Non-blocking load buffer and a multiple-priority memory system for real-time multiprocessing

May 01, 2007

Aug 16, 2015
Programmable processor and method for partitioned group element selection operation

May 08, 2007
Aug 16, 2015
Programmable processor with group floating-point operations
Dec 21, 1999
Aug 16, 2015
General Purpose, Dynamic Partitioning,
Programmable Media Processor

Jul 30, 2002
Oct 10, 2015
Configurable Cache Allowing Cache-Type and Buffer-Type Access

Aug 21, 2007
Aug 16, 2015
Programmable Processor and Method for
Partitioned Group Shift

Apr 01, 2008
Aug 16, 2015
System and Software for Catenated Group Shift

Mar 24, 2009
Aug 16, 2015
Multiplier Array Processing System with Enhanced Utilization at Lower Precision

Jan 26, 2010
Aug 16, 2015
Method and Apparatus for Performing
lmproved Group Floating-Point Operations

Feb 09, 2010
Aug 16, 2015
Method and Software for Partitioned Floating- Point Multiply-Add Operation
Feb 09, 2010
Aug 16, 2015
System and Apparatus for Group Data
Feb 27, 2007
Oct 10, 2015
Configurable cache allowing cache-type and buffer-type access
Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database. As per the complaint, all the patents are assigned to Microunity.

The complaint sought:

  • Judgment of infringement
  • Money damages
  • Permanent enjoinment from using their patents
  • Attorneys’ fees and other relief, the Court may deem just and proper

The case is now concluded as all the parties have reached a settlement, the last one to settle the case was Apple. Parties having filed motion for dismissal pursuant to the settlement, the Court ordered all the claims and counterclaims dismissed without prejudice. Further terms of settlement were not disclosed. Attorneys’ fees, costs of court, and expenses are to be borne by each party incurring the same.  

See case 2:10-cv-00091 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[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.
[ii] 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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