Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple, Google, Amazon in Litigation over Method of Documents Transmission

Case Filed: Oct 21, 2014

Court: District Court of Texas

Judge: Rodney Gilstrap

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:

US6615233 entitled ‘Apparatus and method for transmitting documents between a server computer and a client computer,’ issued on Sep 02, 2003 and expiring[i] by Dec 02, 2019
The ‘233 patent is currently assigned to Vantage Point Technology, Inc. (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database[ii]) and according to the complaint, Vantage is the owner of the patent. The ‘233 patent claims are related to data transmissions between a client and a server computer. 
As in Complaint:

Vantage alleged that Apple had directly and indirectly infringed the ‘233 patent without permission or authority from it. The complaint also alleged that Apple infringed the ‘233 patent by making, using, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing " Apple I Cloud " products that are covered by one or more claims of the ‘233 patent. The infringing aspects were indicated as the Apple I Cloud’s online storage and synchronization.

Vantage adds that it has been damaged by the foregoing acts of infringement of its patents by the Apple and will continue to be damaged by such infringement unless enjoined by this Court.

Other Cases Filed:
Apart from Apple, other companies such as Amazon, Inc., Box, Inc., Dropbox Inc., Google, Inc., and SugarSync, Inc. were sued on the same day asserting the same patent.
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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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