SAN FRANCISCO Patriot Scientific Corp. has dropped a patent infringement lawsuit against electronics heavyweights Fujitsu Computer Systems Inc., Matsushita Electric Corp. of America, NEC Solutions (America) Inc., Sony Electronics Inc. and Toshiba America Inc., the company said Tuesday (Oct. 25). Patriot said it would rely on its joint development partner, the TPL Group, to manage patent infringement litigation on its behalf.
In connection with Patriot's decision, the TPL Group announced it has filed a broad-based intellectual property claim in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Texas against a group of major Japanese electronics manufacturers. The broad-based claim cites Fujitsu, Matsushita, NEC Toshiba and their affiliates for direct infringement, contributory infringement, and inducing the infringement of at least three of10 patents jointly owned with Patriot.
David Pohl, Patriot chairman, president and CEO, announced that the company has dismissed the action, which had been pending in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif. Patriot had been seeking damages in excess of several hundred million dollars for claimed infringements involving patented microprocessor design technology held within its intellectual property portfolio.
In June, Patriot agreed to unify its interests in certain patents with those of TPL Group, a global intellectual property management company. The agreement settled litigation pending between the two companies.
"Having seen the effectiveness of the TPL Group in operation, it is Patriot Scientific's opinion that infringement lawsuits regarding the patent portfolio will be very capably managed by the TPL Group," Pohl said.
According to Patriot, the infringements cited by TPL pertain to a wide variety of end-user products including personal computers, servers, workstations, home theater systems, digital TVs, video games, DVD recorders/players, mobile handsets and automotive electronics.