Patent Litigation Addressed Both Cell Phone and Bluetooth Applications
Suffern, N.Y., May 26, 2010 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its subsidiary, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it reached a settlement with Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless of three lawsuits involving the DTL cellular communications patent.
DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 (the ’799 Patent) titled “Digital Output Transducer.” The technology covered by the ‘799 Patent addresses Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards, assuring backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. The ‘799 Patent also has applications in Bluetooth and other wireless devices.
Digital Technology Licensing filed two patent infringement lawsuits (05-1922 and 08-00477) in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey covering cellular service applications of the ‘799 Patent. DTL also filed a third patent infringement lawsuit (2:09-cv-2567) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that covered Bluetooth applications of the ‘799 Patent. After five years in litigation, Verizon Wireless and DTL agreed to a settlement of all lawsuits.
“We are very pleased to reach a settlement with Verizon Wireless,” said Paul J. Lerner, General Patent’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel.
General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799. Earlier, DTL settled patent infringement lawsuits with Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile and many regional carriers. Equipment manufacturers Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications, Motorola, LG Electronics, HTC, Pantech and others have licensed the DTL Patent. Two patent infringement lawsuits are still pending.
About Digital Technology Licensing LLC
Digital Technology Licensing LLC is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer,” which is now expired. DTL is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available for past sales at DTL’s standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.
About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading intellectual property boutique focusing on patent licensing and enforcement. GPC represents patent owners in patent enforcement and assertive licensing matters, and assists patent owners with patent infringement claims on a contingency basis. General Patent also provides IP advisory services such as IP valuation, IP strategy and IP Management. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S. General Patent Corporation is the managing member of DTL. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.
About IP Holdings LLC
IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related financial services and IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of DTL. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip-holdings.com.