Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fujitsu Settles Patent Dispute with Long Corner Consumer Electronics

Case Filed: Nov 26, 2013

Case Closed: Sep 11, 2013

Court: District Court of Texas

Judge: William C. Bryson

Case Summary:

Long Consumer Electronics LLC (Long Corner), a Texas based company filed a case against Fujitsu America, Inc. (Fujitsu), a California based corporation alleging that the latter has infringed one of their US patents.

Patent in Suit:

Patent Number
Issue Date
Expiration Date[i]
Current Assignee[ii]
 System, device, and method for extending a stroke of a computer pointing device
Oct 05, 2010
Feb 06, 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).

As in Complaint:

The complaint alleged that Fujitsu infringed the '483 patent by making, using, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing "M532 Tablet" devices that are covered by one or more claims of the ‘483 patent. The infringing aspects were indicated as the M532 Tablet’s sensor (e.g. gyroscope or accelerometer), input element (e.g. touchscreen) and auto-rotation capability.

Long Corner added 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 Judgment:

Plaintiff Long Corner and defendant Fujitsu 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 to be 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.
[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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