Thursday, November 28, 2013

Samsung, CellPort Ends Litigation over Mobile Communications

Case Filed: Jan 24, 2013

Case Closed: Nov 21, 2013

Case Duration: 301 Days

Court: Colorado District Court

Judge: R. Brooke Jackson

Case Summary:
CellPort filed a complaint against Samsung for violating one of its patents relating to mobile communications. The patent involved in this suit is: US6122514 entitled ‘Communications channel selection’, issued on Sep 19, 2000 and expiring[i] by Jan 03, 2017. CellPort is the current assignee[ii] of the patent (Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). CellPort develops and licenses wireless communications architectures and connectivity solutions that connect wireless phones to home, office, hand-held and automotive environments worldwide.

The patent in suit relates to communicating data over one or more selected network channels, particularly where such a communication involves a mobile unit. The complaint alleged that the defendant infringes the patent by using a method of sending videos and/or pictures in conjunction with the data connection and/or file transmission management features in the accused products, which directly infringes the ‘514 patent. The suit cites smartphone devices including Samsung Galaxy S II as the infringing products.
Cellport said Samsung have had actual knowledge of the ‘514 patent at least as early as March 30, 2004 and willfully ignored its patent.

The case is now concluded as the parties agreed to settle the dispute. On Nov 20, Samsung filed stipulation of dismissal pursuant to which the Court ordered all the claims and counterclaims in this action dismissed without prejudice with each party bearing its own attorneys’ fees and costs.

See 1:13-cv-00180 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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