Sunday, August 4, 2013

NPE withdraws Suit against Canon over Data Storage Patent

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Sue L. Robinson

Case Summary:

Data Speed Technology sued Canon on Jun 10, 2013, stating that their patent US5867686 was infringed. The patent entitled, ‘High speed real-time information storage system’ was issued on Feb 02, 1999 and expires[i] by Nov 09, 2013. The patent was originally issued to Kenneth Conner and currently assigned[ii] to Data Speed Technology (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). 

The ‘686 patent relates to an information storage system enabling high speed data transfer to and from a shared mass storage device by multiple computers without causing conflicts. Plaintiff alleged that defendant’s storage products and services uses a method of providing memory access to a mass storage device as claimed in the ‘686 patent. The accused products and services included a program entitled Canon imageWARE. Plaintiff sought judgment in favor, permanent injunction and money damages associated with attorneys’ fees.

It appears that the parties have settled the case, as the patent holding company Data Speed Technology filed voluntary dismissal. Upon consideration of the notice filed, the case is declared ‘closed’ on Jul 30, 2013. 

Data Speed Technology also lodged separate suits against Cisco, HP, EMC, IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, and Abode asserting the same patent, which are pending.  See case      1:13-cv-01052 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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