Monday, January 20, 2014

Facebook, Parallel Iron End Lawsuit over Storage Technology

Case Filed: Jul 12, 2012

Case Closed: Jan 15, 2014

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Richard G. Andrews

Case Summary:
A patent infringement case was filed by Parallel Iron against Facebook asserting that 3 of their patents relating to data storage methods were infringed. The patents-in-suit were:
  •      US7197662 issued on Mar 27, 2007
  •      US7543177 issued on Jun 02, 2009
  •      US7958388 issued on Jun 07, 2011
All the patents are entitled ‘Methods and systems for a storage system’ and expire[i] by Oct 31, 2022. Parallel iron is the current assignee[ii] of the patents (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database), which in general describe methods and systems for storing large amounts of data.  

In the complaint filed, plaintiff alleged that defendant manufactures products and/or services implementing Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), which is designed to store very large data sets and to stream those data sets at high bandwidth to user applications as claimed in the ‘662, ‘177 and ‘388 patents. Plaintiff sought the Court to declare that Facebook has infringed the patents, a permanent injunction enjoining Facebook from infringing its patents, damages, costs and expenses.

The parties announced to Court that they have settled the case among themselves, after which, they filed a joint motion to dismiss the case. Upon consideration, the Court granted the motion and ordered all claims asserted against Facebook be dismissed with prejudice. Each party will incur their own costs and expenses.              

See 1:12-cv-00876 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
[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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