Thursday, February 6, 2014

RMail, Amazon Payment Notification IP Suit Stayed

Case Filed: Jul 21, 2010

Case Closed: Jan 30, 2014

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Case Summary:
Rmail, a postal service company accused, PayPal and SWIFT of infringing patents covering instant payment notification technology. Rmail filed a suit claiming that defendants knowingly infringed and induced others to infringe. The patents-in-suit included: US6182219 and US6571334 both entitled ‘Apparatus and method for authenticating the dispatch and contents of documents’, which was issued on Jan 30, 2001 and May 27, 2003. The patents are set to expire[i] by Aug 28, 2015 and are currently assigned[ii] to Rmail (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The patents describe a method for authenticating that certain information has been sent by a sender via a dispatcher to a recipient.

The complaint alleged that defendants manufacture products that infringe the claims of patents-in-suit and cites Amazon Instant Order Processing Notification API, Instant Payment Notification and FIN messaging services as the infringing products/services and technologies. Furthermore, Rmail claims that the defendants' infringement “may include additional products, services and technologies (to be determined in discovery).”

The parties requested stay of the case and upon consideration, Court granted stay and ordered the case to be administratively closed. The parties are also directed to jointly furnish to the Court written notice case details beginning December 1, 2014 and continuing every three months.

See 2:10-cv-00258 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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