Marshall Division

Sept. 11

  • Key Energy Services Inc. vs. CC Forbes LLC et al

    Plaintiff Key Energy claims to hold the rights to two patents regarding oil and gas well repair products and services.

    U.S. Patent No. 6,070,490 was issued June 27, 2000, for a Remotely Accessible Mobile Repair Unit for Wells. U.S. Patent No. 7,006,920 was issued Feb. 28, 2006, for an Activity Data Capture System for a Well Service Vehicle.

    Key Energy claims that defendant Petron Industries Inc. makes, sells, tests or aids others in implementing wellsite data gathering systems. Key Energy also claims that Petron sells well data systems to CC Forbes for use on self-contained mobile repair units and on rigs.

    In addition, Key Energy alleges that that CC Forbes made an offer to PEMEX Exploration to sell or aid others in implementing certain rigs, wellsite data gathering systems and services in Mexico.

    Key Energy alleges that copies of the '490 and '920 Patents were provided to the CEO and president of CC Forbes.

    The systems are in direct competition with Key Energy and its KeyView system and rigs and infringe the '920 and '490.

    The plaintiff is seeking injunctive relief against CC Forbes and Petron, damages no less than a reasonable royalty, interest, treble damages, attorneys' fees, costs and other just and proper relief.

    Michael Jones of Potter Minton in Tyler is representing the plaintiff.

    The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge David Folsom and referred to Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham.

    Case No. 2:08-cv-346-DF-CE

    Sept. 17

  • Datatreasury Corp. vs. Washington Mutual Inc.

    Plaintiff Datatreasury is a Delaware corporation that maintains its principal place of business in Plano, Texas.

    The plaintiff claims to own the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,910,988 issued June 8, 1999, with Claudio Ballard as the named inventor for an invention in remote image capture with centralized processing and storage.

    Datatreasury Corp. also claims to be the owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,032,137 on Feb. 29, 2000, with Ballard as inventor, for a remote image capture with centralized processing and storage.

    The plaintiff alleges that defendant Washington Mutual Inc. and its subsidiary Washington Mutual Bank are infringing the '988 and '137 Patents.

    Datatreasury is seeking a permanent injunction, compensatory and treble damages, interest, costs, attorneys' fees and other just and proper relief.

    Attorneys from Nix Patterson & Roach LLP, Eric Albritton and T. John Ward Jr. of Longview are representing the plaintiff.

    The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge David Folsom and referred to Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham.

    Case No. 2:08-cv-356-DF-CE

    Sept. 19

  • Sipco LLC vs. Amazon.com Inc. et al

    Plaintiff Sipco claims to hold the rights to U.S. Patent No. 6,891,838 issued May 10, 2005, for a System and Method for Monitoring and Controlling Residential Devices. Also U.S. Patent No. 7,103,511 issued Sept. 5, 2006, for Wireless Communication Networks for Providing Remote Monitoring of Devices.

    According to the complaint, David Pettite, president of Sipco, is the sole inventor of the technologies embodied in the '511 Patent and is one of two co-inventors of the technologies embodied in the '838 Patent.

    The plaintiff alleges that 11 defendants use or sell wireless sensor network systems and components of such systems for use in the consumer-based home automation field of use. The defendants listed in the suit are Amazon.com, Cooper Industries, Creston Electronics, Eaton Corp., Hawking Technologies, Homeseer Technologies, Intermatic, Leviton Manufacturing, Smart Home Systems, Wayne-Dalton Corp. and X10 Wireless Technology.

    Sipco also alleges that the defendants' infringements were willful and deliberate.

    The plaintiff is seeking damages, treble damages, injunctive relief, interest, costs, attorneys' fees and other just and proper relief.

    T. John Ward Jr. of Longview is representing the plaintiff.

    The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge David Folsom.

    Case No. 2:08-cv-359-DF

    Sept. 22

  • Andrew Katrinecz et al vs. I-Rocks Tehnology Co. Ltd. et al

    Plaintiffs David Byrd, of Round Rock, Texas, and Andrew Katrinecz, of Shalimar, Fla., claim to own the rights to U.S. Patent No. 6,199,996 issued March 13, 2001, and No. 7,248,872 issued Oct. 23, 2007.

    The '996 and '872 Patents are for Low Power, Low Cost Illuminated Keyboards and Keypads.

    The plaintiffs allege that I-Rocks Technology Co. Ltd. and I-Rocks USA Inc. infringe the '996 and '872 Patents.

    According to the complaint, the defendants' infringements have been willful and deliberate.

    Plaintiffs are seeking injunctive relief, compensatory damages, treble damages, attorneys' fees, costs, interest and other relief.

    Michael Dunham of Taylor, Dunham & Burgess LLP in Austin is representing the plaintiffs, along with attorneys from Siebman, Reynolds, Burg, Phillips & Smith LLP in Marshall.

    The case was assigned to U.S. District Judge T. John Ward and referred to Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham.

    Case No. 2:08-cv-361-TJW-CE

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