Thursday, December 26, 2013

MessageTech Withdraws IP Suit against Oracle over E-mail Notification

Case Filed: Nov 11, 2013

Case Closed: Dec 23, 2013

Court: Gregory M. Sleet

Judge: Delaware District Court

Case Summary:

Message Notification Technologies filed a patent infringement suit against Oracle claiming unauthorized use of intellectual property. The patent in suit was: US5944786 entitled ‘Automatic notification of receipt of electronic mail (e-mail) via telephone system without requiring log-on to e-mail server’, issued on Aug 31, 1999 and expiring[i] by Dec 04, 2016. The patent is currently assigned[ii] to Empire IP (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). According to the complaint, MessageTech is the owner of the ‘786 patent with all substantive rights in and to that patent.

According to USPTO, the patent relates to electronic mail notification systems, particularly of the type which notify a recipient of the presence of electronic mail on a remote electronic mail server.

The complaint alleged that Oracle “had made, used, imported, provided, supplied, distributed, sold, and/or offered for sale unified messaging systems/products/services that, upon receipt of an email, actuate a voice mail system to send an e-mail notification signal to a telephone node that infringed one or more claims of the ‘786 patent”. Oracle Unified Communications Suite was believed to be infringing systems/products/services by MessageTech.

It appears that the parties have settled the case and MessageTech filed a notice of voluntary dismissal to dismiss the claims against Oracle with prejudice, thereby closing the case.

See 1:13-cv-01882 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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