Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgment in Favor of LG

Case Filed: Nov 08, 2012

Case Closed: Aug 01, 2013

Court: California Southern District Court

Judge: Marilyn L. Huff

Case Summary:
Plaintiff, Multimedia Patent Trust filed a complaint for patent infringement against LG, the defendant, accusing infringement of two patents pertaining to video compression technology that allows data to be sent more efficiently over communication media. The patents-in-suit were:
  • US5136377 entitled Adaptive non-linear quantizer, issued on Aug 04, 1992 and expired* on Dec 11, 2010
  • US5227878 entitled Adaptive coding and decoding of frames and fields of video, issued on Jul 13, 1993 and expired* on Nov 15, 2011
The patents were originally assigned to AT&T and last assigned+ to Multimedia Patent Trust (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). MTP claimed its patents were infringed by products such as LG260, RumorLX260, Rhythm AX565, Scoop AX260, EnVTouch VX11000, Tritan AX840, Phoenix P505, Thrive P506, Genesis US760 and few others. The complaint said MTP notified LG of its infringement it refused to take license. MTP asked Court judgment in favor and money damages. 

On Jun 19, 2013, LG filed a motion for summary judgment and in mid July, Court held a hearing and upon considering LG’s motion, granted summary judgment in favor of LG. Further details of the verdict were not disclosed.
MPT has previously litigated against Microsoft, Gateway, Dell, Acer and few others.
See 3:12-cv-02731 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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