Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Amazon, Personal Web Resolve Patent Dispute

Case Filed: Dec 8, 2011
Case Closed: Jun 11, 2014
Judge: Judge Leonard Davis
Case Summary:
Personal Web engaged in developing and distributing software filed a patent suit against Amazon, a distributor of web-based services and products, accusing them of infringing upon Personal Web’s multiple U.S patents covering data processing system. The suit was filed in the District Court of Texas. Dropbox Inc. was the other defendant named in the suit. A few other suits were filed by Personal Web on the same day asserting the same patents against: NEC Corporation, Net app Inc., Caringo Inc., EMC Corporation.
The patents involved in the suit are:
Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date*
Current Assignee+
Data processing system using substantially unique identifiers to identify data items, whereby identical data items have the same identifiers
Nov 02,1999
Oct 24, 2017

Identifying and requesting data in network using identifiers which are based on contents of data
Jul 02, 2002
Oct 24, 2017
Enforcement and policing of licensed content using content-based identifiers
Aug 9, 2005
Oct 24, 2017

Controlling access to data in a data processing system
Sep 21, 2010
Apr 11, 2015
Distributing and accessing data in a data processing system
Jun 21, 2005
Jul 12, 2022
Similarity-based access control of data in a data processing system
May 17, 2011
Apr 11, 2015
 Assignee information sourced from MaxVal’s Assignment Database.
As in Complaint:
Plaintiff Personal Web alleged that defendant Amazon has infringed the patents by its manufacture, use, sale, importation, and/or offer for sale of the following products and services: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon ElastiCache. Dropbox was alleged of infringing web-based file hosting service that uses Amazon's infringing S3 storage system to store files. Further the complaint stated that the accused products and services are being offered in Texas.
Plaintiff sent letters to defendants notifying their infringement of the patents and wanted damages for irreparable harm caused due to the acts of infringement.
District Court Judgment:
In Apr 2013, Dropbox was dismissed from the case without prejudice as stipulation of dismissal was filed by Personal Web and court granted and ordered each party to bear its own costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees.
Similarly, on Jun 06, 2014 stipulation of dismissal was filed and accordingly, court granted the motion ordering all claims, counterclaims and third-party claims in the suit dismissed, thereby ending the dispute.
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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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