Apple, Samsung Faces Flash Memory Patent Suits in E.D. Texas

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By Peter Leung

Feb. 1 — A non-practicing entity has sued Apple Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and several other device makers for infringing a patent related to removable devices with displays that use flash memory (Meraloc, LLC v. Apple Inc., E.D. Tex, 2:16-cv-00090, complaint filed , 1/29/16; Meraloc, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., E.D. Tex, 2:16-cv-00092, complaint filed , 1/29/16).

Meraloc LLC is accusing the defendants of infringing U.S. Patent No. 7,451,262, entitled “removable memory storage having a display,” in five separate lawsuits filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the complaints, the patent covers devices that have at least one flash memory chip, a display, an input device, and a way to use that input device to manipulate the files on the device. According to the patent, the invention addresses the need for users “to more easily and conveniently view and manage contents stored” on external memory storage devices.

The complaints each give a sample alleged infringing device: the iPod Touch for Apple; the Galaxy Player 5.0 for Samsung; and Timex Group USA, Inc.'s Ironman One GPS + smart watch. The complaints do not limit the claims to the sample devices, so the cases may be expanded later to allege more infringing products.

Osram Sylvania Inc and VOXX International Corp. are the other two defendants.

The patent was assigned to Meroloc on Dec. 23. It was originally issued in 2008 and held by the inventor Nagagjun V. Yetukuri until the assignment.

Ferraiuoli LLC of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is representing Meraloc. Judge Robert W. Schroeder III is the judge on all five cases.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Leung in Washington at pleung@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek in Washington at mwilczek@bna.com

Apple complaint is available at: http://src.bna.com/ck3.

Samsung complaint is available at: http://src.bna.com/ck5.