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TMCNet:  Sierra Wireless Purchases MMP Portfolio License

[December 06, 2012]

Sierra Wireless Purchases MMP Portfolio License

Dec 06, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Alliacense announced that Sierra Wireless, Inc. has purchased an MMP Portfolio license.

According to a release, the agreement resolves the ITC Investigation and District Court lawsuit recently filed against Sierra Wireless, a mobile computing and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications products and solutions company. Sierra joins a roster of nearly 100 MMP Licensees that include companies including Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Nokia, General Electric, ASUStek, and Philips.



In July, MMP Portfolio owners, Technology Properties Limited (TPL) and Patriot Scientific Corp. (PTSC), launched the first wave of aggressive enforcement activities, filing a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) and corresponding complaints in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against 13 companies believed to be infringing the MMP Portfolio patents. Sierra Wireless is the first of the 13 companies to purchase an MMP License.

The three-pronged enforcement strategy includes: a Complaint filed with the US International Trade Commission seeking an Exclusion Order prohibiting the importation of unlicensed products; parallel actions in US District Court seeking damages for past infringement that includes past un-paid royalties - plus the interest which has accrued on those royalties - both tripled for willful infringement, plus attorney's fees; and, the pursuit of injunctions in both the US District Court and the ITC barring the sale of infringing products in the United States in the future.

The remaining ITC respondents are: Acer Inc., Amazon.com Inc., Barnes & Noble Inc., Garmin, HTC Corp., Huawei Technologies Co., Kyocera Corp., LG Electronics, Nintendo Co., Novatel Wireless Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., and ZTE Corp.

Alliacense is a company focusing on the design and execution of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing programs.

More information: www.alliacense.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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