Texas MP3 Technologies sues Apple, Samsung, Sandisk over alleged patent-infringement

“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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38 Comments

  1. The new way of doing business.

    1) File a generic patent.
    2) Wait for someone to get successful from previous years of research and development.
    3) Sue the successful business for millions or billions.
    4) Repeat from step 1.

    Just pathetic.

  2. In 1899, then Patent Commissioner, Charles H. Duell reportedly announced that “everything that can be invented has been invented.”

    He wasn’t EXACTLY correct in that assertion. He SHOULD have said,

    “Everything that can be patented has been patented.”

    . . . by some idiot who didn’t have the sense to develop the idea and/or bring it to market.

    Please, someone, ANYONE, send these infernal patent attorneys to Hell and leave them there!

  3. I don’t get it. How could Apple have stolen or profitted from this company’s patent when they had been doing their thing for years before that fact? Patent theft or infringement comes from the knowing copying of an existing patent; the two items are related in time by patent issuance, and then infringement, not infringement and then patent issuance.

  4. How to make money from patents:

    (1) Hire an engineer away from the competition
    (2) Have them write a patent related to the work they did at their previous employer.
    (3) Get it granted with the USPTO (easy step).
    (4) Sue the competitor into oblivion.

    Inspired by MathFox at Groklaw

  5. I would like to see a legal challenge against the Patent Office for incorrectly granting a patent that is clearly retrospective and now in common use. It ought to be a legal requirement for Patent applications to prove they actually invented whatever it is and that it is not a pre-existing invention.

    Then sue the pants of the lawyers for screwing it all up in the first place.

    Secondly, this lot claim to have reserved all international rights, there is no such legal status. Patents must be applied for in each and every jurisdiction where Patent protection is required. I know because I hold 2 patents in the UK and had to file separately in the US, Canada, and Australia and have recently been able to file a group filing under European law that covers EU countries. There is no international protection for patents.

  6. @Jim –
    No, you don’t get to sue Coca Cola *or* McDonald’s.
    They get to sue you. Because, you know, they jointly patented the process of ‘beverage processing, nutrient extraction, and waste liquid expulsion from a biological entity’ (#7,065,418) late last year. And don’t let them catch the rest of you pissing, either.

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