Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nokia, Kewazinga Settle Suit over Web Mapping Service

Case Filed: Aug 13, 2013

Case Closed: Dec 11, 2013

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Gregory M. Sleet

Case Summary:

Kewazinga and K Licensing (KL) claimed Nokia’s Here interactive maps violate two of its patents.  Here captures location content such as road networks, buildings, parks and traffic patterns. The patents in suit were: US6535226 and US6522325 both entitled ‘Navigable telepresence method and system utilizing an array of cameras’ issued on Mar 18, 2003 and Feb 18, 2003 (respectively). The patents expire[i] by Apr 01, 2019. Horrow Sports Ventures is the current assignee[ii] of the patents (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). As per the complaint, Kewazinga is the owner and KL is the exclusive licensee of the patents.

The patents relate to a navigable camera array telepresence system and method of using the same. The Court document said the patents are valid and enforceable. It alleged that Nokia infringed the claims of the '226 and ‘325 patents by making, having made, using, providing, selling and/or offering for sale systems and methods protected including Here maps that provide street level imagery and controls for navigating among images. As a result of Nokia’s infringement of the patents Kewazinga said they are entitled to recover the damages and asked the Court for damages and legal fees.

It appears that the parties have settled the case and Kewazinga filed a notice of voluntary dismissal, pursuant to which the Court granted dismissal without prejudice, thereby closing the case.

See 1:13-cv-01411 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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