A patent law firm in California has filed a lawsuit in federal court to recover more than $4 million in damages for alleged infringement of patents.
The company is called R.J. Rummel & Co. and it represents patent owners that the government has issued patents that could potentially be used to prevent competitors from using their products or services.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, according to a filing from the firm’s lawyer, Marc Levine.
Rummel is also suing Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft for allegedly infringing on the patents.
Rummels lawyer, James A. O’Brien, told Reuters in an email that the suit “is an attempt to reclaim a valuable right to use the technology that we all love and that our children and grandchildren will be proud to inherit.”
Google has been accused of violating the patents by selling software that could prevent others from using Android phones and tablets that use Qualcomm’s chips.RUMMELS LAWYERS COMPLAINTTO FEDERAL COURTTO GET $4M FOR OLDERSHIP PROBEThe lawsuit seeks to recover at least $4.6 million from Google and Rummels lawyers.
The lawsuit was filed on March 13, and it was filed as a class action lawsuit against Rummelfel and its three partners, David Rummell, Jonathan Ehrlich and Thomas Gelles, according the filing.
Rums attorney, James O’Brien, said the lawsuit was based on the company’s position that Qualcomm’s patents are invalid.
“The technology is already on the market,” he said.
“The only reason this lawsuit is not a class-action lawsuit is because of the potential damages to Rummlers own technology.
Rums patents were issued in 2011 and 2012, so Rummeling is a long-standing inventor and he is very confident that he is in good standing with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.””
The only problem is that Qualcomm has not issued any patents to date,” he added.RUDEMEL’S LAWYER CLAIMSRummels lawyer told Reuters he did not want to comment on the lawsuit because it is a confidential matter.RIMMEL CLAIMDramatic changes have been made in the patent wars over the past few years, and the lawsuits have exploded in recent years.
RIMMELS legal team said the suit filed Monday was the result of a “stunning and unprecedented escalation of patent litigation” that began with the discovery of a lawsuit brought against Apple in 2011.
Apple filed a complaint against RIM for allegedly using the company name on an Android phone.
Apple’s complaint was dismissed by a federal court judge, but RIM sued Apple for $2 billion.
The U.K. High Court ruled in October that the U,S.
Patent & Trademark office had no jurisdiction over the case.