“Little-known Texas MP3 Technologies is taking on Apple, Samsung Electronics, and Sandisk with a patent-infringement lawsuit,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service.
“The suit, which came to light over the weekend, was filed on Feb. 16 in Marshall, Texas. The eastern Texas city is fast becoming one of the leading locations of patent infringement lawsuits in the U.S. thanks to speedy trials and juries that more often than not find in favor of the plaintiff,” Williams reports.
“In the complaint Texas MP3 Technologies alleges infringement on U.S. patent 7,065,417, which was awarded in June 2006 to multimedia chip-maker SigmaTel and covers ‘an MPEG portable sound reproducing system and a method for reproducing sound data compressed using the MPEG method,'” Williams reports.
Williams reports, “Just over a month later SigmaTel said that it had sold the patent to a Dallas-based patent licensing agency because it believed the agency would be better able to take advantage of its potential value.”
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