Monday, January 6, 2014

Google, Parallel Iron Enter Settlement Agreement

Case Filed: Mar 06, 2013

Case Closed: Dec 30, 2013

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Richard G. Andrews

Case Summary:

A patent infringement case was filed by Parallel Iron against Google 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). The patents 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 Google File System (GFS), 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.

The case is concluded as the parties entered into a ‘settlement agreement’. Later, they filed a stipulated motion for dismissal, which the Court granted and ordered all claims dismissed with prejudice and counterclaims be dismissed without prejudice subject to the terms of agreement. Each party will incur their own costs. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed.

See 1:13-cv-00367 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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