Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Toshiba, NovelPoint Settle Suit over Security Patents

Case Filed: Mar 09, 2012

Case Closed: Sep 19, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Case Summary:
NovelPoint Security filed a complaint accusing Toshiba of infringing two of its security patents. One of the patents US5434562 entitled ‘Method for limiting computer access to peripheral devices’ was legally issued on Jul 1995 and expired* on Jul 18, 2012. The other patent US6212635 entitled ‘Network security system allowing access and modification to a security subsystem after initial installation when a master token is in place’ was issued on Apr 03, 2001 and expires* by Jul 14, 2018.

Both the patents are currently assigned+ to NovelPoint Security (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The patents in general cover a method for computer security and to prevent unauthorized reading or altering of computer data by individuals or programs operating on a computer or a computer network. 

The complaint said defendant has infringed and continues to infringe claims of the patents by making and selling computers that include a security system/method and cites models Portege R830-S8332 and Portege Z830 as infringing products. Plaintiff sought judgment in favor, permanent injunction, damages, costs and expenses incurred.

In 2012, a case filed by NovelPoint Security against Samsung asserting the same patents, a substantially similar case, was consolidated with this case. Considering the Stipulated Motion for Dismissal filed by the parties, the Court granted and ordered all claims and counterclaims asserted between Plaintiff NovelPoint and Defendant Toshiba dismissed with prejudice, thereby closing the case.

See 2:12-cv-00101 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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