Immersion Corporation (Nasdaq:IMMR), a leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) against Motorola Mobility (Nasdaq: MMI). The complaint alleges that certain Motorola Mobility Android-based smartphones infringe six Immersion patents that cover various uses of haptic effects in connection with touchscreens. Immersion has also filed a patent infringement complaint against Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
“Immersion has been a leading innovator in the field of haptic technology since its inception in 1993,” said Immersion’s CEO, Victor Viegas. “We have licensed our intellectual property portfolio and solutions with top tier manufacturers in the mobile space for 7 years and have seen nearly 400 million devices from our customers containing our technology come to market.”
“Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain compensation for the unauthorized use of our patents. Our preference has always been to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement, and we remain open to negotiations,” continued Viegas. “However, despite having engaged in good faith efforts to license our patents to Motorola Mobility, we have not been able to reach an acceptable resolution, and therefore it is imperative that we protect our intellectual property and the interests of our shareholders.”
In the complaint against Motorola Mobility, Immersion is seeking from the ITC an exclusion order preventing the importation of infringing devices. In the suit against Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District Court, Immersion is alleging infringement of the same patents and is seeking to stop Motorola Mobility from further infringement, as well as the recovery of damages.The complaints against Motorola Mobility assert infringement of the following patents: U.S. Patent No 6,429,846: “Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch Controls” U.S. Patent No 7,592,999: “Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch Controls”