Sunday, January 19, 2014

HTC Settles Suit against Smart Audio Technologies

Case Filed: Feb 22, 2012

Case Closed: Jan 14, 2014

Court: Delaware District Court

Judge: Gregory M. Sleet

Case Summary:
Smart Audio Technologies filed a patent infringement lawsuit against HTC concerning violation of their patent describing a method for generating and modifying a play list of a random access player. The patent involved in the suit is US6185163 entitled ‘Vehicle audio system having random access player with play list control’. The patent, originally issued to Delco Electronics on Feb 06, 2001 and currently assigned[i] to Smart Audio (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database), expires[ii] by Oct 16, 2017.

According to the complaint, plaintiff alleged that defendant has infringed the patent by manufacturing and marketing audio devices for generating and modifying a play list of a random access player. Plaintiff cites HTC Wildfire S, as covered by one or more claims of the '163 patent. The complaint stated that Smart Audio will be greatly and irreparably harmed, if the alleged products stay on sale and wanted a permanent ban on sales and unspecified damages.

The case is now concluded as the parties Smart Audio and HTC filed a stipulated motion for dismissal. Upon consideration the Court granted the motion, ordering dismissal of claims with prejudice and counterclaims without prejudice subject to the terms of agreement entitled "Settlement Agreement" dated Nov 30, 2013. Each party will bear their own costs, expenses and attorneys' fees. Terms of settlement were not disclosed.

See 1:12-cv-00221 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[i] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[ii] 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.

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