Alliacense announced today that Sierra Wireless, Inc. has purchased an
MMP™ Portfolio license. The agreement resolves the ITC Investigation and
District Court lawsuit recently filed against Sierra Wireless, an
industry-leading mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M)
communications products and solutions company. Sierra joins a roster of
nearly 100 MMP Licensees that include some of the world's largest
electronics companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Nokia, General
Electric, ASUStek, and Philips.
In July, MMP Portfolio owners, Technology Properties Limited (TPL)
and Patriot Scientific Corporation (PTSC), launched the first wave of
aggressive enforcement activities, filing a complaint with the US
International Trade Commission (ITC) and corresponding complaints in the
US District Court for the Northern District of California against 13
companies believed to be infringing the MMP Portfolio patents.
Sierra Wireless is the first of the 13 companies to purchase an MMP
The three-pronged enforcement strategy includes: (1) a Coplaint
filed with the US International Trade Commission seeking an Exclusion
Order prohibiting the importation of unlicensed products; (2) parallel
actions in US District Court seeking damages for past infringement that
includes past un-paid royalties - plus the interest which has accrued on
those royalties - both tripled for willful infringement, plus attorney's
fees; and, (3) the pursuit of injunctions in both the US District Court
and the ITC barring the sale of infringing products in the United States
in the future.
The remaining ITC respondents are: Acer Inc., Amazon.com Inc.,
Barnes & Noble Inc., Garmin Ltd., HTC Corporation, Huawei Technologies
Co. Ltd., Kyocera Corporation, LG Electronics, Nintendo Co. Ltd.,
Novatel Wireless Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and ZTE Corporation.
Alliacense is the recognized leader in the design and execution of
Intellectual Property (IP) licensing programs, and delivers peerless IP
project support and reverse engineering services. As a cadre of IP
licensing strategists, technology experts, and experienced business
development/management executives, Alliacense focuses on expanding the
awareness and value of IP portfolios under management. Learn more: www.alliacense.com.
About the MMP Portfolio™
The MMP Portfolio patents, originated by The TPL Group in 1989, includes
US, European and Japanese patents, covering techniques that enable
higher performance and lower cost designs essential to consumer and
commercial digital systems ranging from PCs, cell phones and portable
music players to communications infrastructure, medical equipment and
automobiles. Widely recognized as fundamental technology, the sweeping
scope of MMP Portfolio™ technologies continues to encourage the world's
leading companies to become MMP Portfolio™ licensees.
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