Apple prevailed at trial in litigation initiated by Golden Bridge Technology. The NPE sued Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Dell, HP, HTC, LG, Lenovo, Motorola Mobility, Pantech, RIM, Samsung, Sierra Wireless, Sony, and ZTE in May 2012 for alleged infringement of a patent related to communication between wireless devices and base stations (6,075,793). The complaint accused defendants’ cell phones, smartphones, laptops, e-readers, and tablets of infringing the ‘793 patent and alleged that defendants infringed the patent each in the same way, using an Intel or Qualcomm baseband processor. Apple, Amazon, Dell, and Motorola disputed Golden Bridge’s attempt to join “unrelated defendants” in a single suit and filed motions to sever as well as transfer the case. The court agreed, and in September 2012 it dismissed all defendants except for Apple and transferred the action against Apple from the Central District to the Northern District of California. A week later, Golden Bridge launched separate suits against the other 14 companies, each asserting the ‘793 patent. Those cases are currently stayed pending resolution of the Apple action.
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