Monday, November 18, 2013

Wi-Lan, LG Case Administratively Closed

Case Filed: Aug 14, 2013

Case Closed: Nov 08, 2013

Court: New Jersey District Court

Judge: Dennis M. Cavanaugh

Case Duration: 86 Days

A patent infringement case was filed by Wi-Lan, a Canadian based patent licensing company against LG, electronics product manufacturer for violating 2 of their computer display system patents. The patents involved in the suit were:
  •     US6359654 entitled Methods and systems for displaying interlaced video on non-interlaced monitors, issued on Mar 19, 2002 and expiring[i]`by Feb 12, 2017
  •         US7034889 entitled Signal processing unit and method for a digital TV system with an increased frame rate video signal, issued on Apr 25, 2006 and expiring[ii]`by Jan 05, 2019
The ‘654 patent is currently assigned[iii] to Conexant Systems and ‘889 patent to Wi-Lan (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).  As per the complaint, ‘654 patent is assigned/owned by Wi-Lan.

The ‘654 invention relates to methods and systems for displaying interlaced video on monitors which are non-interlaced and the ‘889 patent relates to a signal processing unit for a digital TV system. The complaint said, LG manufactures products including 6200 series of flat panel televisions that infringe the claims of the ‘654 and ‘889 patents.

It appears that the parties agreed and submitted a joint status letter on Oct 25, 2013, that all discovery and scheduling in the case should be stayed. Upon consideration, the Court granted stay and ordered the case to be administratively closed pending the result of New York Court’s decision on whether to compel arbitration.

See 2:13-cv-04895 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.
* Expected expiration date using Patent Term Estimator, use our free tool or download our free Android app on Google Play Store. 

[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

[iii] 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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