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Judge validates 2 out of 5 patents in haptic feedback suit against HTC

The judge overlooking the HTChaptic feedback suit has ruled 2 out of the 5 patents in question are valid, and has dismissed the other 3.

Published onFebruary 12, 2015

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For those unaware, HTC has been going through some legal troubles for the past few years. Back in 2012, a company called Immersion that’s popular for its touch feed back technology (or haptic feedback), sued HTCand Motorola for infringing on six of Immersion’s patents. The Motorola case eventually fizzled out after Google bought Motorola and agreed to pay Immersion a settlement. That left HTCto deal with the lawsuit on their own. Fast forward to today, and we’re getting closer to a ruling on the lawsuit.

The district court judge assigned to the case has ruled to go forward with litigation over two of the patents, and dismissed the other three. Victor Viegas, CEO and president of Immersion, commented on the ruling after all was said and done:

We are pleased with the Court’s decision to rule in our favor with respect to two of our strongest patents in suit. While it is always expected that certain patent claims will be trimmed during the course of litigation we are disappointed in the judge’s procedural interpretation, believe we have a strong basis for overturning it, and are considering appropriate avenues for relief. In light of this ruling, we remain extremely confident in our case and look forward to the upcoming trial.

According to Immersion, all is obviously not said and done with the case. They’ll do whatever they can to appeal the judge’s decision in hopes to overturn the patent ruling. Now, the case will go to court and decide whether or not HTChas infringed on the two patents the judge validated.

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