Thursday, August 28, 2014

MAZ, Apple Resolve Patent Dispute

Case Filed: Feb 25, 2013

Court: District of Delaware

Judge: Leonard P. Stark

Case Summary:

MAZ Encryption Technologies (MAZ), engaged in developing software security products filed a patent suit against Apple Inc. (Apple), a California based Corporation engaged in developing and selling of computer software and personal computers accusing them of infringing upon one of Maz’s U.S patents.

Patent in Suit:

Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date[i]
Current Assignee[ii]
Encrypting file system
Aug 22, 2006
Mar 01, 2019

The ‘358 patent relates to cryptographic and electronic document management systems.

As in Complaint:

Plaintiff alleged that Apple had directly and indirectly infringed the ‘358 patent without permission or authority from it.

MAZ also alleged that defendant Apple has infringed the ‘358 patent by its manufacture, use, sale, importation, and/or offer for sale of the computer encryption products including MAX’s iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch that performs a process of decrypting documents with the help of a special feature/technology named “iOS security system and architecture”.
MAZ also added that Apple’s foregoing acts of infringement were willful and deliberate. Hence MAZ is entitled to recovery of past damages, at a minimum, and a reasonable royalty along with interests and costs.
District Court Judgment:
MAZ and Apple filed joint stipulation for dismissal and According Court ordered dismissal of all claims and counterclaims asserted by the other party with all costs and fees incurred by the respective parties, thereby ending the dispute.

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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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