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MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc. of Santa Clara, California has launched a patent infringement law suit against 22 of the major players in the telecom industry from AT&T, Motorola, Nokia Samsung, Sprint, and Texas Instruments – to major handset makers such as Apple, Google, HTC Corporation, Palm, LG Electronics and others. MicroUnity is claiming that the defendants have infringed on eleven patents that are listed in this report. MicroUnity basically wants the court to adjudge that there was an infringement of their patents. If the Court decides there was an infringement of their patents, then they seek damages and enhanced damages, though at this time no amount is listed in the documents. And lastly, they want the Court to enforce these Companies from using their patents. MicroUnitiy specifically points to Apple's iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch.

MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc.

MicroUnity was founded in 1988 by microprocessor technology veterans from MIPS, IBM, HP, Intel, Berkeley, Columbia, and Stanford. With seed funding from W.R. Hearst III and John Moussouris, the company aimed to extend microprocessors beyond their historical role as calculating and control devices, to make them the primary media-processing engines of televisions, set-top boxes, mobile computers, cellphones, and other digital communications devices.

Many competing technologies for processing digital media have been introduced in various products over the past two decades. MicroUnity's methods are the ones actually used in the microprocessors of more than a billion PCs, laptops, set-tops, and mobile devices to execute software for playing movies, music, videogames, and many broadband internet applications.

For more on MicroUnity, visit their website here.

The Case Specific to Apple

MicroUnity is informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that Defendant Apple, Inc. ("Apple") is a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the state of California, with its principal place of business at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014; that Apple manufactures and sells products such as the iPhone 3GS cell phone and iPod Touch 32 and 64GB ("iPod Touch 3G") and provides software for such products; and that such cell phones and other products and software are used, offered for sale and sold in this district and throughout the United States and imported into the United States by Apple.


Apple infringed (along with all 22 companies) and continues to infringe one or more of the claims of the following patents:





115. MicroUnity demands a trial by jury on all issues.




'WHEREFORE, Plaintiff MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc., requests entry of judgment in its favor and against defendants as follows:


a) Declaration that defendants have infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 5,737,547 Cl, 5,742,840, 5,794,061 Cl, 5,812,799 Cl, 6,006,318 Cl, R839,500 E, 6,725,356 Cl,7,2r3,r3lB.2, 7,216,217 82, 7,260,708 P¡2, 7,353,367 B.2, 7,509,366 82, 7,653,806 F.2, 7,660,972 B2 and 7,660,973 B2;


b) Awarding the damages arising out of defendants' infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,737,547 Cl, 5,742,840, 5,794,061 Cl, 5,812,799 Cl, 6,006,318 Cl, R839,500 E, 6,725,356 Cr, 7,2r3,r31F'2,7,216,217 B,2,7,260,708B'2,7,353,367 82,1,509,366 B.2,7,653,806 B.2,7,660,972 B2 and 7,660,973 82, including enhanced damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. $ 284, to MicroUnity, together with prejudgment and post-judgment interest, in an amount according to proof;


c) Permanently enjoining defendants and their respective officers, agents, employees, and those acting in privity with them, from further infringement, including contributory infringement and/or inducing infringement, of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,737,547 CI,5,742,840, 5,794,061 CL,5,812,799 CL,6,006,318 Cl, RE39,500F,6,725,356 Cr,7,2r3,l3r B.2,7,216,217 82,7,260,708 82, 7,353,367 B.2,7,509,366 B.2,7,653,806B.2,7,660,97282 and7,660,973 B.2, or in the alternative, a post-judgment royalty for post-judgment infringement;


d) An award of attorney's fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. $ 285 or as otherwise permitted by law; and


e) For such other costs and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.


DATED: March 16"2010


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