Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Facebook, LinkedIn, JP Morgan, in Litigation over Secure Computer System and Method

Case Filed: Sep 2, 2014

Court: District Court of Texas

Case Summary:

PanTaurus, LLC. (PanTaurus), a Texas based company sued Facebook, Inc., a California based company alleging that the latter has infringed one of their US patents.

Patent in suit:

Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date[i]
Current Assignee[ii]
Secure computer system and method of providing secure access to a computer system including a standalone switch operable to inhibit data corruption on a storage device
Aug 07, 2001
Feb 16, 2019

The ‘533 patent relates to an architecture for and method of limiting remote access to programs and data. 

As in Complaint:

PanTaurus alleged that Facebook had directly and indirectly infringed the ‘533 patent without permission or authority from it. PanTaurus also alleged that Facebook is involved in various business activities such as making, using, selling, offering to sell its products, digital computer systems embodying the technology claimed in the ‘533 patent. The infringing aspects were indicated as one or more Hadoop-compatible file systems, buses, processors, a data storage device, and a switch.

PanTaurus also added that Facebook’s foregoing acts of infringement were willful and deliberate. The complaint mentioned that PanTaurus was irreparably and monetarily harmed and requested Court to enjoin the infringement activities.

Other Cases Filed:

Apart from Facebook, other companies such as Bank of America Corporation, Chevron Corp, CitiGroup, Inc., Eharmony, Inc., E*TRADE Financial Corporation, Hulu, LLC., JPMorgan Chase & Co., LinkedIn Corporation, Morgan Stanley, Spotify USA, Inc., Spotify USA, Inc. were sued on the same day asserting the same patents.
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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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