Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Samsung Enters Settlement in Monitoring Systems IP Suit

Case Filed: Oct 25, 2013

Case Closed: Aug 07, 2014

Court: Texas Eastern District Court

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Case Summary:
John B. Adrain, an individual and inventor residing in Spokane, Washington filed a patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electronics America and Samsung Mexicana claiming that a U.S. patent relating to the field of monitoring and security was infringed.

The patent involved in the suit was: US5831669 entitled ‘Facility monitoring system with image memory and correlation,’ originally issued to the inventor John B. Adrain by USPTO on Nov 03, 1998 and expiring[i] by Jul 09, 2016. The ‘669 patent relates to a system that records images and identifies correlation or lack of correlation with the recorded images. Adrain owns the entire right, title and interest in the patent at issue.

As in Complaint:
The complaint alleged that Samsung infringed the '669 patent by making, using, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing "Smart TVs" that are covered by one or more claims of the '669 patent.

For example, Samsung manufactures Smart TVs that have a built-in camera or a separately purchased camera that monitor a space and are capable of facial recognition to create and log into an account. One such model is the LED 8000 Series Smart TV (such as UN55F8000BF), while another example is the Series 5500 (such as UN32F5500AFZA and a VG-STC3000 camera).

The complaint further stated that Samsung’s acts of infringement have caused damage and applicant is entitled to recover damages in an amount subject to proof at trial.

The parties reached settlement agreement, following which a stipulation of dismissal of all claims and counterclaims was filed by Adrain. The court granted the stipulation and ordered dismissal with prejudice. It was further ordered that all attorneys' fees, costs and expenses will be incurred by the parties.

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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

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