A non-practicing Entity or Patent Troll by the name of Cellular Communications Equipment has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft using a 2004 Nokia Corporation patent. The company believes that Microsoft's Surface tablets infringe on their patent.
Considering that Microsoft recently licensed Nokia patents, it's hard to believe that the patent noted below wouldn't be included.
However, Cellular Communications Equipment (CCE) claims in their formal complaint that they're the assignee of the '8923 patent, entitled "Control of Terminal Applications in a Network Environment," with ownership of all substantial rights in the '8923 patent, including the right to exclude others and to enforce, sue and recover damages for past and future infringements. The '8923 patent is valid, enforceable and was duly issued in full compliance with Title 35 of the United States Code.
CCE states in their formal complaint that "Microsoft has directly infringed and continues to directly infringe one or more claims of the '8923 patent in this judicial district and elsewhere in Texas and the United States, including at least apparatus claims 24 and 26, by, among other things, making, using, offering for sale, selling and/or importing Microsoft mobile devices, including, for example, the Surface RT and Surface Pro."
The patent infringement case presented in today's report was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court, Tyler Office in Anderson County. At present, no Judge has been assigned to the case.
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