Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dell, J.S.T Settle Lawsuit over Electric Connector

Case Filed: Dec 18, 2012

Case Closed: Nov 13, 2013

Case Duration: 330 Days

Court: Illinois Northern District Court

Judge: Harry D. Leinenweber

Case Summary:
J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd. manufactures and distributes electronic connectors for automotive applications worldwide. The Japan based company claimed Dell’s Latitude E6320/E6420/E6520 model computers violate one of its patents.  The patent in suit was: US7011543 entitled ‘Electric Connector’ issued on Mar 14, 2006 and expiring[i] by Sep 30, 2023.  J.S.T. Mfg. Co., Ltd is the current assignee[ii] of the ‘543 patent (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The ‘543 patent relates to an electric connector having a retention structure for preventing an insulated wire coming off in the vertical direction at right angles to the wire’s axis. The complaint said, Dell infringed the ‘543 patent by manufacturing and commercializing electronic devices that embody the patented invention and will continue to do so unless enjoined by this court.

The case is concluded as the parties informed the Court that they have entered into a written settlement agreement. As a part of the agreement the parties filed for dismissal, pursuant to which the Court ordered claims and counterclaims to be dismissed with prejudice. Each party will bear their own costs and expenses. Further terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

See 1:12-cv-10069 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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