Sunday, August 11, 2013

Court Stays Samsung, Fractus S.A Patent Litigation

Case Filed: Feb 28, 2013

Case Closed: Aug 02, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Leonard Davis

Case Summary:
A patent infringement suit was filed by Fractus, S.A, a manufacture of fractal antennas for mobile phones and wireless consumers against Samsung alleging violation of four patents. The patents involved in the suit were: 
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,015,868 issued on Mar 21, 2006
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,123,208 issued on Oct 17, 2006
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,397,431 issued on Jul 01, 2008
  • U.S. Pat. No. 7,394,432 issued on Jul 08, 2008
All these patents are entitled ‘Multilevel Antennae’ and expire[i] by Sep 20, 2019. Fractus is the current assignee[ii] of the patents (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). Plaintiff alleged that Samsung infringed its patents by manufacturing products, including mobile phones with internal multiband antennas as covered in the patented technology. Plaintiff sought judgment of infringement, money damages, permanent enjoinment from using their patents and attorneys’ fees and other relief, the Court may deem just and proper.

On the 1st of Aug, parties have requested Court to hold the case until they reach an agreement. Upon consideration, Judge granted parties’ Motion to Stay and to administratively close the case. The case will be stayed until Mar 15, 2014 by which time the parties are required to finalize their agreement.
See 6:13-cv-00210 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[i] 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.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.

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