Why do Korean Companies Care About US Patent Litigation?

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South Korea’s WIPS Co. Ltd. has licensed MaxVal’s Litigation Databank to provide comprehensive information on US patent litigation to their clients.  WIPS is the leading online patent information service provider in South Korea.  WIPS Global is a web based patent search system with comprehensive global patent data coverage, including the US, Europe, Japan and China.

Why is US patent litigation data of interest to Korean companies?   The answer is that Korean companies are frequently involved in US patent litigation.  The information provided by MaxVal’s Litigation Databank enables Korean companies to keep up to date on their cases and to monitor litigation that affects their industry and provides them insight into the US patent litigation environment.

The table below shows the leading Korean technology companies that have been involved in patent litigation in 2015, and over the last five years.

Trimmed name used for search

Cases in 2015

Cases in the last  5 Yrs

Plaintiff

Defendant

Plaintiff

Defendant

Samsung Electronics

1

61 11

249

LG Electronics

1

41 5

200

SK Hynix

0

1 0

8

Hyundai Motor

0

10 0

46

Kia Motors

0

5 1

24

Nautilus Hyosung

0

1 1

2

The ongoing patent litigation between Apple and Korea’s Samsung Electronics is well known.  Samsung Electronics has been involved in a large number of cases – mostly as a defendant.   IPR2015-01135 is an interesting PTAB case involving Samsung Electronics and NVIDIA (MaxVal’s Litigation Databank includes PTAB cases).

LG Electronics was sued in California Central District Court ( case 8:13-cv-00134) in which Digitech Image Technologies charged infringement of its US 6,128,415 relating to capturing, transforming or rendering color images.

In 1.11:cv-04356 Korean semiconductor memory maker SK Hynix was sued in Illinois Northern District Court by Cascades Computer Innovation LLC over US patent 6,366,130 “High speed low power data transfer scheme”.

It is somewhat surprising to see how many cases Hyundai and Kia Motors are involved in.  Interesting cases include:

  • 1:11-cv-00934– Delaware District Court.  Beacon Navigation GmbH charged Hyundai with infringement over vehicle navigation  patent USPN 5,878,368.  Kia Motors was sued over the same patent in case 1:11-cv- .  Beacon Navigation also filed suit against Ford, GM, BMW, Honda, Mazda and other auto manufacturers.
  • 1:13-cv-00275 In Delaware District Court, 911 Notify LLC sued Hyundai Motor over USPN6,775,356, which claims system for notification relating to an emergency call from a telecommunication device. Ford Motor and other manufacturers were also sued by 911 Notify.
  • 6:09-cv-00479 Clear with Computers, LLC sued Hyundai in the Texas Eastern District Court over three US patents, including USPN 5,367,627 “Computer-assisted parts sales method”.

Finally, Diebold sued Korea’s Nautilus Hyosung over ATM machine patents in 2015.  In Ohio Northern District Court case 1:15-cv-02153 Diebold charged that the Nautilus line of HALO ATM machines infringed six of its US patents.

A manufacturer in any industry doing business in the highly competitive US market faces the risk of patent infringement suits. These examples show that Korean companies are no exception.   Given that patent litigation is a reality, it is important to stay current on specific cases and general trends.  MaxVal’s Litigation Databank makes it easy for companies to do so.

The Litigation Databank is a searchable database of US patent litigation.  Litigation Databank covers the US District Court, the US Court of Appeals, the US Supreme Court and the ITC.  MaxVal has recently added coverage of the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).  Subscribers receive daily alerts and access to a web based search and reporting system.  The Litigation Databank is also available as an Application Programming Interface (API).  The API allows subscriber patent databases and tools interface directly with the Patent Litigation Databank database.

A video demonstrating the system is available Litigation Databank Demo.

For more information on Litigation Databank, contact MaxVal at bd@maxval.com.

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