Sunday, July 28, 2013

Texas Court Dismisses Suit against HP by NovelPoint Security

Case Filed: Mar 09, 2012

Case Closed: Jul 22, 2013

Court: Rodney Gilstrap

Judge: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:
NovelPoint lodged a complaint against HP accusing them of infringing two patents that relates to a computer security system. The patents in question were:

US5434562 entitled Method for limiting computer access to peripheral devices issued on Jul 18, 1995 and expired* on Jul 18, 2012

US6212635 entitled Network security system allowing access and modification to a security subsystem after initial installation when a master token is in place issued on Apr 03, 2001 and expiring* by Jul 14, 2018.

The patents were last assigned+ to NovelPoint (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). As per the complaint, defendant manufactures computers that utilize a method, providing security for computers in manner claimed in the ‘562 and ‘635 patents. The company cites HP EliteBook 8760w Mobile Workstation, HPCompaq dc5700 Small Form Factor PC, HP xw8600 Workstation and HP Compaq 6910p Notebook PC as the infringing products. Plaintiff sought judgment in favor, permanent injunction, damages, costs and expenses incurred. 

The patent dispute between the parties is resolved as stipulated motion for dismissal was filed by both plaintiff and defendant. Having considered the request, the Court ordered all claims against HP to be dismissed with prejudice and counterclaims against NovelPoint to be dismissed without prejudice with no charges imposed on any parties.

See 2:12-cv-00104 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.

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