San Diego – Innovative Display Technologies, Inc. lodged a lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas Friday against technology giants Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell, Inc., among others.
Innovative Display Technologies, based in Plano, Texas, alleges that the use of its invention has allowed these companies to create brighter, sleeker, and more energy efficient screens for computers and cell phones. The defendants named in the lawsuit, along with Dell and HP, are Blackberry, Inc., Acer, Inc., Huawei Investment & Holding Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp.
The lawsuit alleges that these technology giants knowingly utilized the technological invention patented by Innovative Display Technologies to create thinner and brighter screens for a variety of different applications. Innovative Display Technologies alleges that the patents have been infringed in use on computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, printers, and calculators. The complaint also alleges further infringement on the patents by third-parties involved in manufacturing, selling, and advertising the infringing products.
The 7 patents that were allegedly violated are all titled “Light Emitting Panel Assemblies” and were issued between 2004 and 2012. The patents named in the lawsuit are U.S. patent numbers 6,755,547; 7,300,194; 7,384,177; 7,404,660; 7,434,974; 7,537,370; and 8,215,816.
The patents are held by Ohio native Jeffrey Parker, who is named as the inventor on 85 patents in the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants were informed in August 2012 that the technology for sleeker displays on computers and cell phones was held by Innovative Display Technologies and all use of the technology should cease. By continuing to sell the infringing products, Innovative Display Technologies alleges that violation of the patents by these companies is now willful.
Innovative Display Technologies claims that the willful infringement of its patents entitles the company to triple damages, as well as interest and attorneys fees. The company is also seeking an injunction barring the defendants from both direct and indirect infringement of the patents at stake.