Monday, August 18, 2014

Sony Settles Patent Dispute with Long Corner Consumer Electronics

Case Filed: Apr 15, 2014

Case Closed: Aug 13, 2014

Court: Western: District of Texas

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

Case Summary:
Plaintiff Long Corner Consumer electronics LLC (Long Corner) filed a case against Defendant Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc. (Sony), mobile phone manufacturing company and a subsidiary of Sony Corporation accusing them of infringing a US patent related to a method for extending a stroke of a computer pointing device.
Patent in Suit:
The patent involved in the suit is:

Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date[i]
System, device, and method for extending a stroke of a computer pointing device
Oct 5, 2010

Feb 6, 2027
The ‘483 patent relates to a system, device, and method for extending a practical stroke of operation of a pointing device, e.g., a computer mouse, by which to manipulate an object, e.g., on a graphical user interface (GUI). 
Assignee information sourced from MaxVal’s Assignment Database.

As in Complaint:
Long Corner alleged that Sony has directly infringed the ‘483 patent without permission or authority from it. Long Corner also alleged that Sony is involved in various business activities such as making, Using, selling, offering to sell computer systems and computer input devices including a sensor, a input element(for e.g., Touch Screen) and Auto rotation capability.
Long Corner also adds that it has been damaged by the foregoing acts of infringement of its patents by the defendant and will continue to be damaged by such infringement unless enjoined by this Court.
District court judgement:
Plaintiff Long Corner and defendant Sony filed joint stipulation for dismissal. Court ordered dismissal with prejudice of all claims and counterclaims asserted by the other party with all costs and fees incurred by the respective 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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