Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dell, Online News Link Settle Suit over Internet Links

Case Filed: Aug 12, 2013

Case Closed: Nov 04, 2013

Judge: Sam Sparks

Court: Texas Western District Court

Case Duration: 84 Days

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by Online News Link against Dell 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 the ‘758 patent expires* by Jul 25, 2014. Online News Link is the current assignee+ of the patents-in-suit (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The Court document said Dell infringed the above patents by making use of the patented technology, information distribution system(s) that transmit(s) email communications containing user-selectable links associated with data on a server. Plaintiff sought the Court for relief including a judgment the patents-in-suit have been infringed, either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, permanent injunction, damages, costs and expenses incurred.

The parties announced to Court that they have settled the case among themselves, after which stipulation of dismissal was filed by Dell and Online News Link on Oct 31. Upon consideration, the Court granted the motion and ordered all claims asserted against Dell be dismissed with prejudice, thereby closing the case. Each party will bear their own costs and expenses. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Similarly, plaintiff filed suits against HP and Amazon asserting the same patents, which was also settled recently.

See 1:13-cv-00680 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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