Vringo Subsidiary I/P Engine Files Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Patent Infringement

Vringo, an IP firm and also a partner of Nokia has filed a patent complaint against Microsoft. Nokia sold over 500 wireless related patents to IP firm Vringo. The portfolio encompasses a broad range of technologies relating to cellular infrastructure, including communication management, data and signal transmission, mobility management, radio resources management and services. Nokia receives a cash payment from Vringo in addition to the revenues it will get as part of the  ongoing rights generated from the patent portfolio.

I think Vringo should note that Nokia and Microsoft are close partners and this case may lead to rift in their relation.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vringo, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VRNG), a company engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, I/P Engine, Inc., filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York.

“Information Filter System and Method for Integrated Content-Based and Collaborative/Adaptive Feedback Queries”
The lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,314,420 and 6,775,664, entitled “Collaborative/Adaptive Search Engine” and “Information Filter System and Method for Integrated Content-Based and Collaborative/Adaptive Feedback Queries,” respectively.

According to the complaint, I/P Engine is seeking a judgment declaring that Microsoft has and continues to infringe the patents-in-suit, and an award past and future compensatory damages amounting to no less than reasonable royalties, prejudgment interest and any other damages based on any form of recoverable economic injury.

I/P Engine is represented by Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

A copy of I/P Engine’s complaint will available at www.vringoinc.com.

  • redtidal

    Well, this is kind of dumb.

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  • Super2online

    Wow, you have to love the irony of that. I’m sure Steve is giving Stephen a great big hug and a kiss for that one!

  • phosho

    This really has nothing to do with Nokia. Yes Nokia sold some patents to Vringo to raise money, but what Vringo is suing Microsoft for is related to a separate set of patents. I should note that Vringo has already won the case against Google using the exact patents that it’s now suing Microsoft, and it was widely expected that Vringo would pursue cases against other infringers after their win against Google. Nokia makes no money from this if Vringo wins. This story is misleading in that it may lead the readers to think that Nokia profits if Vringo wins, which is definitely not the case.