Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xerox Sued by Patent-Holding Firm
Marathon Patent Group, a patent-licensing company, reports that its subsidiary, CyberFone Systems, LLC (“CyberFone”), has filed four patent-infringement lawsuits in the United States Eastern District Court of Texas against Lexmark, Konica Minolta, Ricoh, and Xerox.
CyberFone is asserting infringements relating to U.S. Patent 6,044,382. The complaints allege that the printer companies have infringed, and continue to infringe upon the patents.
According to Marathon, this patent portfolio covers a system under which transaction-entry devices, such as copiers and printers in the four current cases, use a simple form-based operating system to communicate between the device and a remote server or computer. Marathon says this component eliminates the need for an expensive and complex point of entry system.
Dr. Rocco Martino, inventor and president of CyberFone Systems, is today responsible for 42 patented inventions, many in the data-processing and computer-transaction fields. On behalf of Dr. Martino, Marathon’s CyberFone Systems has executed over 40 settlement and license agreements protecting his patented inventions.
“Dr. Martino is incredibly valuable to all inventors and innovators,” said Croxall. “It is important to recognize him, especially in light of the anti-patent troll rhetoric coming from the executive and legislative branches of our government.”
Mishcon de Reya New York LLP has been retained as litigation counsel for CyberFone. The firm will collaborate with Dr. Martino to plan the next phase of enforcement for the portfolio.
“Dr. Martino’s patents are strong and show remarkable foresight,” said Mark Raskin, head of the patent litigation group at Mishcon de Reya New York LLP. “We are determined to help CyberFone take the appropriate steps in righting what has been wronged.”
Marathon says the cases begin a new phase in defending Martino’s inventions from unauthorized use. It says cases have been filed against dozens of defendants, and nearly all have been settled based on the strength of the patents. It says the ongoing trend in cases of this nature represents a broad market adoption of technology.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Marathon Patent Group is a patent-acquisition and licensing company. It says it acquires patents from a wide range of patent holders, from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies. Its strategy is to acquire patents that cover a wide-range of subject matter that it says allows it to achieve diversity within its patent-asset portfolio. It says it generates revenue with a diversified portfolio through actively managed concurrent licensing campaigns.