Monday, December 23, 2013

Microsoft, Mediastream Reach Settlement in Litigation

Case Filed: Jun 07, 2011

Case Closed: Dec 17, 2013

Court: California Northern District Court

Judge: Richard Seeborg

Case Summary:

A patent infringement suit was filed by Mediastream against Microsoft alleging the unauthorized use of two U.S patents relating to a technology for recording video onto a computer disk.  The patents involved in suit were: US7009655 and US7283172 both entitled ‘Method and system for direct recording of video information onto a disk medium and USPTO granted them in Mar 07, 2006 and Oct 16, 2007, respectively. The patents expire[i] by Jul 23, 2022 and are currently assigned[ii] to Mediastream (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The complaint alleged that Microsoft is engaged in manufacturing variety of electronic products and software applications covered by the ‘655 and ‘172 patents and claims to be a willful act of infringement.

It appears that the parties agreed to settle the case and joint stipulation of dismissal was filed. Upon consideration, the Judge signed off on the dismissal with prejudice of all claims brought by MedioStream against Microsoft in the action. Details on the settlement were not disclosed.

Mediastream also sued Acer, Apple, Sony, Dell, Gateway, Asus and few others and the cases were consolidated on the request of Mediastream. All the claims against the consol defendants were dismissed with prejudice.

See 3:11-cv-02525 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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