After Microsoft was sued for the use of patents registered by Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Samsung and Sandisk now face similar lawsuits. Texas MP3 Technologies has brought legal action against the three companies alleging that they all use technology that is part of a patent registered in June last year by the manufacturer SigmaTel.
The patent, related to the reproduction of portable sound in MPEG format, was later sold to a licensing agency in Dallas and then passed on to Texas.
How Texas MP3 Technologies acquired the license is unclear. It is not known whether it was purchased directly from the licensing agency or from third parties. However, the company claims that it has the license rights internationally and that it intends to ensure that they are not violated.
The position of the three manufacturers in the face of the charge, filed in a Texas court, is not yet known. This North American region is gaining more and more prominence in this type of legal issues due to the speed with which the actions are handled and because, in most cases, the prosecution wins the cases.
2007-02-23 – Microsoft ordered to pay $ 1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent for patent infringement