Marshall Division, Eastern District of Texas

Jan. 15

  • Mondis Technology Ltd. vs. LG Electronics Inc. et al

    Plaintiff Mondis is a British corporation with its principal place of business in London which claims it is the owner of two U.S. patents dealing with computer monitors.

    U.S. Patent No. 7,475,180 B2 was issued Jan. 6, 2009, for a Display Unit with Communication Controller and Memory for Storing Identification Number for Identifying Display Unit.

    U.S. Patent No. 7,475,181 B2 was issued Jan. 6, 2009, for a Display Unit with Processor and Communication Controller Which Communicates Information to the Processor.

    Mondis alleges defendants LG Electronics Inc. and LG Electronics USA Inc., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. also known as Foxconn, Innolux Display Corp. and Innolux Corp. are infringing the '180 and '181 Patents.

    "Mondis has been damaged by Defendants' infringing activities," the original complaint states. "On information and belief, Defendants will continue their infringing activities, and continue to damage Mondis, unless enjoined by this Court. Mondis has no adequate remedy at law."

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

    Martin J. Black of Dechert LLP in Philadelphia is lead attorney for the plaintiff, with Otis Carroll of Ireland, Carroll & Kelley PC in Tyler.

    The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.

    Case No. 2:09-cv-020-TJW

    Jan. 21

  • Linksmart Wireless Technology LLC vs. Six Continents Hotels Inc. and Intercontinental Hotels Group Resources Inc.

    Plaintiff Linksmart claims to be the owner by assignment of U.S. Patent No. 6,779,118 issued Aug. 17, 2004, for a User Specific Automatic Data Redirection System. Koichiro Ikudome and Moon Tai Yeung are listed as the inventors of the '118 Patent.

    Linksmart alleges that defendants SCH and IHGR have been and are now directly infringing, inducing or contributing to infringement of the '118 Patent by making, using, importing or selling wireless Internet access systems which utilize captive portal techniques to block and/or redirect HTTP requests.

    Linksmart claims because of the infringements it has suffered "monetary damages in an amount not yet determined, and will continue to suffer damages in the future unless Defendants' infringing activities are enjoined by this Court."

    The plaintiff is seeking a permanent injunction, compensatory damages, enhanced damages, costs, interest, attorneys' fees and other relief to which it may be entitled.

    Marc A. Fenster of Russ, August & Kabat of Los Angeles is representing the plaintiff.

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

    Case No. 2:09-cv-026-TJW-CE

    Tyler Division, Eastern District of Texas

    Jan. 15

  • Plantronics Inc. vs. Aliph Inc. and Aliphcom Inc.

    Plaintiff Plantronics claims to own the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,712,453 issued Jan. 27, 1998, for an invention titled Concha Headset Stabilizer.

    Plantronics alleges defendants Aliph and Aliphcom are infringing the '453 Patent.

    According to the complaint, defendants have distributed their Jawbone New Fit Earbuds to Verizon Wireless stores and will soon package its infringing Earbuds with its New Jawbone Bluetooth headset and distribute them to Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Best Buy, Alltel Wireless and Apple stores.

    Further, Plantronics claims Aliph will soon its Earbuds directly to consumers on its interactive Web site (us.jawbone.com).

    The plaintiff alleges that the defendants received actual notice of the '453 Patent through correspondence from Plantronics, and "despite this notice, Defendants continued to directly infringe and indirectly infringe by way of inducing infringement and/or contributing to the infringement of the '453 Patent."

    Plantronics is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction, compensatory damages, enhanced damages, costs, expenses, interest, attorneys' fees and other relief to which it may be entitled.

    Thomas M. Melsheimer of Fish & Richardson PC in Dallas is representing the plaintiff.

    The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Leonard E. Davis.

    Case No. 6:09-cv-024-LED

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