Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sonic Industry Drops Digital Insight IP Case after Settlement

Case Filed: Aug 23, 2013

Case Closed: Feb 24, 2014

Judge: Charlene Edwards Honeywell

Court: Delaware District Court

Case Summary:
Sonic Industry, a non-practicing entity filed a complaint against Digital Insight over an alleged infringement of patent US5954793 entitled “Remote limit-setting information distribution system”. The ‘793 patent discloses and claims information distribution system that is remotely-configurable by subscribers via a communications network.

According to the complaint, Digital Insight develops computer software and hardware that is used by financial institutions for providing online banking services to customers.

The patent was duly and legally issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to Peter Steve Stutman and J. Mark Miller on Sep 12, 1999 and expired[i] on Mar 09, 2013. The patent was last assigned[ii] to Wilson Telemetry (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).

The suit against Digital Insight elaborated: upon information and belief, defendant infringed one or more claims of the ‘793 patent by making, using, providing, offering to sell, and selling in United States, systems and methods for using a remote device to set a selection and limit on a server. The suit sought unspecified damages but for willful infringement.

In Dec 2013, a notice of settlement was filed in Court signifying the dispute has been settled. Accordingly, it was ordered that the case be dismissed without prejudice. It was further ordered that the parties should submit a stipulated form of final order or judgment or for any party to move to reopen the action within sixty (60) days.

Later, in Feb 2014, Sonic Industry filed a motion to reopen the case and filed an amended complaint. However, within a few days of amended complaint, Sonic filed for voluntary dismissal following which the Court dismissed the case with prejudice, thereby ending the litigation.

See 6:13-cv-01295 for more details. To get alerts on cases filed/closed, subscribe to our Litigation Alerts.

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[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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