Alleges Motorola Mobility's Android-based Smartphones Infringe Patents
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq:IMMR), a leading developer and licensor of
touch feedback technology, today announced that it has filed a complaint
with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Motorola
Mobility (Nasdaq: MMI). The complaint alleges that certain Motorola
Mobility Android-based smartphones infringe six Immersion patents that
cover various uses of haptic effects in connection with touchscreens.
Immersion has also filed a patent infringement complaint against
Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the District of
"Immersion has been a leading innovator in the field of haptic
technology since its inception in 1993," said Immersion's CEO, Victor
Viegas. "We have licensed our intellectual property portfolio and
solutions with top tier manufacturers in the mobile space for 7 years
and have seen nearly 400 million devices from our customers containing
our technology come to market."
"Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product
but to obtain compensation for the unauthorized use of our patents. Our
preference has always been to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement,
and we remain open to negotiations," continued Viegas. "However, despite
having engaged in good faith efforts to license our patents to Motorola
Mobility, we have not been able to reach an acceptable resolution, and
therefore it is imperative that we protect our intellectual property and
the interests of our shareholders."
In the complaint against Motorola Mobility, Immersion is seeking from
the ITC an exclusion order preventing the importation of infringing
devices. In the suit against Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District
Court, Immersion is alleging infringement of the same patents and is
seeking to stop Motorola Mobility from further infringement, as well as
the recovery of damages.
The complaints against Motorola Mobility assert infringement of the
U.S. Patent No 6,429,846: "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch
U.S. Patent No 7,592,999: "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch
U.S. Patent No 7,969,288: "Force Feedback System Including Multi-Tasking
Graphical Host Environment and Interface Device"
U.S. Patent No 7,982,720: "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch
U.S. Patent No 8,031,181: "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch
U.S. Patent No 8,059,105: "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch
About Immersion (www.immersion.com)
Founded in 1993, Immersion (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator in haptic
technology; the company's touch feedback solutions deliver a more
compelling sense of the digital world. Using Immersion's high-fidelity
haptic systems, partners can transform user experiences with unique and
customizable touch feedback effects; excite the senses in games, videos
and music; restore "mechanical" feel by providing intuitive and
unmistakable confirmation; improve safety by overcoming distractions
while driving or performing a medical procedure; and expand usability
when audio and visual feedback are ineffective. Immersion's TouchSense
technology provides haptics in mobile phone, automotive, gaming, medical
and consumer electronics products from world-class companies. With over
1,200 issued or pending patents in the U.S. and other countries,
Immersion helps bring the digital universe to life.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that involve
risks and uncertainties as well as assumptions that, if they never
materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion
Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from
those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are
statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but
not limited to, the statement regarding remedies sought from the U.S.
International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the
District of Delaware.
Immersion's actual results might differ materially from those stated or
implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and
uncertainties associated with Immersion's business, which include, but
are not limited to, unexpected difficulties and costs related to
continued disruption in the markets for Immersion's and its licensees'
products due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan; delay in or
failure to achieve commercial demand for Immersion's or its licensees'
products; a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force
feedback as a critical user experience; unexpected difficulties in
transitioning to a pure IP licensing model and in monetizing the patent
portfolio; the commercial success of applications or devices into which
Immersion's technology is licensed; potentially lengthy sales cycles and
design processes; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered
in development efforts; potential restructuring charges; failure to
retain key personnel; potential and actual claims and proceedings,
including stockholder litigation; competition; the impact of global
economic conditions and other factors. Many of these risks and
uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion.
For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that
could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should
review the risk factors listed in Immersion's Annual Report on Form 10-K
for 2010 and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are on
file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The
forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion's
beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion
disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a
result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after
the date of this release.
Immersion, the Immersion logo, and TouchSense are trademarks of
Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Source: Immersion Corporation
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