Monday, October 27, 2014

Secure Web Ends Patent Suit against Apple

Case Filed: Sep 17, 2014

Case Closed: Oct 17, 2014

Court: District of New York

Judge: Sandra J. Feuerstein

Case Summary:

Secure Web Conference Corporation (Secure Web), a New York based Delaware Corporation filed a case against Apple Inc., a California based Corporation, accusing them of infringing upon one of Secure Web’s  U.S patents.

Patent in Suit:

US6856687 entitled ‘Portable telecommunication security device,’ issued on Feb 02, 2005 and expires[i] by Jun 21, 2019.
The ‘687 patent is currently assigned to Secure Web Conference Corporation, (Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database[ii]) and according to the complaint, Secure Web is the owner of the patent.
The ‘687 patent relates to telecommunications security devices, i.e. a security device adapted for use with voice and data transmissions. 

As in Complaint:

Secure Web alleged that Apple has directly or indirectly infringed the ‘233 patent without permission or authority from it. The complaint also stated that Apple is involved in various business activities such as making, using, selling, offering to sell its Macintosh computers embodying the technology claimed in the ‘233 patent. The infringing aspects were indicated as Macintosh’s i5 and i7 processors, Mac OS X v 10.6.6 and all iPad models of Apple that includes an A7 or A8 processor

Secure Web 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 Judgment:

On Oct 03, 2014 Stipulation of dismissal was filed by Secure Web and accordingly court ordered claims to be dismissed without prejudice with each party bearing its own costs and expenses, thereby ending the litigation.

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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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