Patent Infringement News

Samsung and Fractus Settle Patent Infringement Lawsuit for $38 Million

April 17, 2014 - After almost five years of litigation, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Fractus SA told a federal court that they have settled their patent lawsuit. Fractus sued Samsung in 2009 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming that Samsung infringed four of its patents on cellphone antennas. Samsung was eventually ordered to pay $38 million, after which Fractus claimed Sansung continued to infringe.

University of Pittsburgh Settles Patent Suit with Varian for $35 Million

April 11, 2014 - Varian Medical Systems Inc. agreed to pay the University of Pittsburgh ("Pitt") $35 million as part of an agreement to settle their patent litigation. Pitt sued Varian in 2007 for infringement of a patent on real-time position management technology, which Varian used in radiation therapy equipment.

TouchTunes Awarded Attorneys' Fees Worth Several Million Dollars in Patent Lawsuit with Arachnid Inc.

April 10, 2014 - TouchTunes Interactive Networks, which was sued by Arachnid Inc. in 2007 for patent infringement, not only won its lawsuit but was granted "several million dollars" in attorneys' fees, according to a TouchTunes news release.

Intellectual Ventures' Patent Lawsuit Against Bank of America Dismissed by Federal Judge

March 10, 2014 - A patent lawsuit accusing Bank of America (BofA) of infringing patents related to online billing has been dismissed by a U.S. District judge in North Carolina because plaintiff Intellectual Ventures (IV) did not include any facts to back up its claim that BofA knew that visitors to its website would be infringing IV's patents. IV originally filed suit against BofA and a handful of other banks in June 2013.

Mistrial Declared in Patent Lawsuit Between Palo Alto Networks and Juniper Networks

March 7, 2014 - Juniper Networks filed a patent lawsuit against Palo Alto Networks, but a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware declared a mistrial in the suit when the jury failed to reach a verdict. The Court has not yet scheduled a new trial date for this matter, but the lawsuit - which was filed in December 2011 - is still pending.

White House Announces Initiatives Against Abusive Patent Lawsuits

The Obama Administration is in the process of launching initiatives aimed at helping inventors who need legal help filing patents and/or defendants who have been targeted by patent assertion entities (PAEs), the latest term for what is commonly called a patent troll. PAEs are defined as businesses that center their business model on patent lawsuits and demand letters.