Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HTC Settle Lawsuit against Rotation Screen Technology

Case Filed: Nov 13, 2012

Case Closed: Oct 07, 2013

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Case Summary:

Rotatable Technologies filed a complaint against HTC and other defendants for patent infringement over the use of smartphone display technology. The patent in question was US6326978 entitled ‘Display method for selectively rotating windows on a computer display’ issued to Steven John Robbins on Dec 04, 2001 and expiring[i] by Apr 20, 2019. The ‘978 patent is currently assigned[ii] to Rotatable Technologies (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The patent generally relates to the field of graphical user interfaces and pertains more particularly to a display method for selectively rotating windows on a computer display.  The rotation may be freely chosen or limited to selected angles of rotation such as 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees, as pointed in the ‘978 abstract.

The other defendants named in suit were: Coby Electronics, LG, Lenovo, Pandigital, ViewSonic and Vizio. The complaint in general states defendants “directly or through intermediaries, made, had made, used, imported, provided, supplied, distributed, sold, and/or offered for sale products and/or systems that infringed one or more claims of the ’978 patent”. The accused products named in the suit were HTC One X, Coby MID9742, LG Thrill P925, IdeaPad A2109, Pandigital Novel, ViewPad 7 and VTAB1008.

The suit asked the Court for judgment that the patent has been infringed, a permanent injunction preventing infringement, damages, interest on damages and legal fees.

In Dec 2012, voluntary dismissal of Pandigital was filed by Rotatable and Court granted dismissing all claims without prejudice. In Apr 2013, Coby was dismissed from the case as a result of stipulation filed by plaintiff. Court ordered granting dismissal of Vizio, LG and Lenovo in June. ViewSonic was terminated from the case in July.

In Oct 13, the parties (HTC and Rotatable) filed a stipulation of dismissal and upon consideration the Court granted Rotatable’s claims against HTC to be dismissed with prejudice and counterclaims against Rotatable to be dismissed without prejudice and each party will bear their own attorney fees and costs incurred.

Rotatable has also filed similar cases against Apple, Acer, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung asserting the same patent.

See 2:12-cv-00718 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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