Friday, June 20, 2014

Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple Sued by Enterprise Systems

Case Filed: Jun 17, 2014

Court: District of Delaware Court

Case Summary:
Enterprise Systems Technologies SARL (Enterprise Systems), a Luxembourg-based corporation filed a complaint against Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), California-based designer and marketer of wireless telecommunications products and services alleging that the latter has infringed two of their US patents.

The patents involved in the suit are:

Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date[i]
Current Assignee[ii]
Telephone having improved hands free operation audio quality and method of operation thereof
Aug 31, 2004
Feb 19, 2023
Headset/radio auto sensing jack
Aug 15, 2003
Dec 02, 2017
Assignee information sourced from MaxVal’s Assignment Database.
The ‘381 patent in general relates to improve signal noise ratio for telephones operating in hands free mode of operation while the ‘366 patent relates to sensing audio input/output plugs for circuits.

As in Complaint:
Enterprise Systems alleged that Qualcomm directly or indirectly infringed the ‘381 and ‘366 patents through the  manufacture, importation, sale of certain components, including integrated circuits, audio codecs, processors, system-on-chips, and other components, which are utilized in communications or computing devices, smartphone handsets, tablet computers, e-readers, media players, laptop computers and other communications and/or computing-capable consumer electronic devices.

The complaint further added that Qualcomm’s accused products are incorporated in Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphones and Apple’s iPhone 5S devices, thus contributing and inducing infringement.

Enterprise Systems said that Qualcomm had actual knowledge of the patents-in-suit before filing the complaint and stated that their act of infringement was willful and deliberate. Damages along with interests and other reliefs along with a jury trial were requested.  

Other Cases Filed:

Apart from Qualcomm, other mobile companies such as Motorola, Apple, Samsung, etc. were sued on the same day asserting the same patents. Enterprise Systems in the recent past (2014), have filed more than half a dozen complaints asserting these and other patents.

See 1:14-cv-00768 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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