Sunday, March 9, 2014

ArrivalStar S.A, Melvino Withdraw IP Suit against Lenovo

Case Filed: Nov 21, 2013

Case Closed: Mar 03, 2014

Court: Florida Southern District Court

Judge: Cecilia M. Altonaga

Case Summary:
ArrivalStar S.A. (based in Luxembourg) and Melvino Technologies (based in British Virgin Islands), non-practicing entities, filed patent infringement lawsuit against Lenovo asserting 3 issued U.S patents:
  •   US6904359 entitled ‘Notification systems and methods with user-definable notifications based upon occurrence of events’, issued on Jun 07, 2005 and expired* on May 18, 2013
  •       US6952645 entitled  ‘System and method for activation of an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting status of vehicle travel’ issued on Oct 04, 2005 and expiring* by May 06, 2017
  •    US7400970 entitled ‘System and method for an advance notification system for monitoring and reporting proximity of a vehicle’ issued Jul 15, 2008 and expired* on May 18, 2013
The ‘359 and ‘970 patents were last assigned+ and the ‘645 patent is currently assigned+ to Melvino Technologies (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database) and ArrivalStar S.A. is the exclusive licensee with sufficient standing to bring the underlying suit.

Melvino owns 30+ patents issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office directed to a number of systems and methods relating to vehicle tracking and notification. 

In its complaint, plaintiffs alleged that Lenovo infringed claims of the ‘359, ‘645, and ‘970 patents through the use of tracking and notification technologies within its "Advance Ship Notice" and "Shipping Confirmation Email" services that are protected by the ‘359, ‘645 and ‘970 patents. It also added that Lenovo’s direct infringement injured plaintiffs and as compensation they wanted Court to enter monetary judgment to be entered in favor of plaintiffs against defendant.

On Mar 03, 2014, plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal with prejudice, thereby ending litigation.

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* 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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