Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Suit

Case Filed: Oct 03, 2014

Court: District of California

Judge: Laurel Beeler

Case Summary:

Vantage Point Technology, Inc. (Vantage), a Texas based Corporation filed a case against Apple, Inc. a California based corporation alleging that the latter has infringed one of their US patents.

Patent in suit:

·                     US5463750 entitled ‘System for accessing distributed data cache at each network node to pass requests and data,’ issued on Oct 31, 1995 and expired[i] Nov 02, 2013
The ‘750 patent was last assigned to Vantage Point Technology (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database[ii]) and according to the complaint, Vantage is the owner of the patent. The 750 patent claims related to a method and apparatus for translating virtual addresses in a computing system having multiple instruction pipelines.

As in Complaint:

Vantage alleged that products manufactured by defendant infringed claims of the ‘750 patent as  embodied in electronic devices and chipsets of the patented technology. The products cited were: Apple A6, A6X, A5, A5X, A4, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs, iPad (4th Gen) iPad (3rd Gen). The complaint said Vantage is entitled to recovery of past damages, and at a minimum, a reasonable royalty.

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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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