Court Grants AT&T’s Motion to Stay Lawsuit Filed by Visual Interactive
- April 10, 2012
April 10, 2012 – District Judge Richard Story, of the Northern District of Georgia, granted defendant AT&T’s motion to stay the litigation brought by plaintiff Visual Interactive Phone Concepts (VIPC) [NPE]. Visual Interactive Phone Concepts filed suit against AT&T in July 2011, and filed 10 prior suits since 2005 against defendants including Apple, Google, Leap Wireless, Samsung, US Cellular, and Virgin Mobile, alleging infringement of US Patent Nos. 5,606,361 and 5,724,092. In December 2011, Samsung filed a request for ex parte reexamination of both patents. The PTO rejected all claims of both the ‘361 and ‘092 patents as invalid due to either anticipation under 102(e) or obviousness under 103(a) in light of prior art references not previously considered by the PTO. Both patents-in-suit had previously been issued reexamination certificates following earlier reexaminations conducted in 2008.