Monday, October 28, 2013

HP, Online News Link Settle Suit over Internet Links

Case Filed: Aug 16, 2013

Case Closed: Oct 21, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Case Summary:

A patent infringement suit was filed by Online News Link against HP claiming that three of their patents that describe a method of inserting links into online newspapers and other media were infringed. The patents in suit were: US7508789, US7181758 and US8457545 all entitled Information distribution and processing system. The patents were legally issued on Mar 24, 2009, Feb 20, 2007 and Jun 04, 2013, respectively. The ‘789 and ‘545 patents expire* by Apr 07, 2014 and ‘758 patent expires* by Jul 25, 2014. Online News Link is the current assignee+ of the patents-in-suit (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

In the complaint, plaintiff alleged that HP infringed the above patents by making use of the patented technology of information distribution system(s) that transmit(s) email communications containing user-selectable links associated with data on a server. Plaintiff sought judgment in favor, permanent injunction, damages, costs and expenses incurred.

The parties announced Court that they have settled the case among themselves, after which stipulation of dismissal was filed by Online News Link on Oct 18. Upon consideration, the Court granted motion and ordered dismissal with prejudice, thereby closing the case. Each party will bear their own costs and expenses. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed.

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