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”
U.S. Patent No 7,969,288: “Force Feedback System Including Multi-Tasking Graphical Host Environment and Interface Device”U.S. Patent No 7,982,720: “Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch Controls” U.S. Patent No 8,031,181: “Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch Controls” U.S. Patent No 8,059,105: “Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and Other Touch Controls” About Immersion ( www.immersion.com ) Founded in 1993, Immersion (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator in haptic technology; the company's touch feedback solutions deliver a more compelling sense of the digital world. Using Immersion's high-fidelity haptic systems, partners can transform user experiences with unique and customizable touch feedback effects; excite the senses in games, videos and music; restore "mechanical" feel by providing intuitive and unmistakable confirmation; improve safety by overcoming distractions while driving or performing a medical procedure; and expand usability when audio and visual feedback are ineffective. Immersion's TouchSense technology provides haptics in mobile phone, automotive, gaming, medical and consumer electronics products from world-class companies. With over 1,200 issued or pending patents in the U.S. and other countries, Immersion helps bring the digital universe to life. Forward-looking Statements This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the statement regarding remedies sought from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Immersion's actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion's business, which include, but are not limited to, unexpected difficulties and costs related to continued disruption in the markets for Immersion's and its licensees' products due to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan; delay in or failure to achieve commercial demand for Immersion's or its licensees' products; a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of force feedback as a critical user experience; unexpected difficulties in transitioning to a pure IP licensing model and in monetizing the patent portfolio; the commercial success of applications or devices into which Immersion's technology is licensed; potentially lengthy sales cycles and design processes; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in development efforts; potential restructuring charges; failure to retain key personnel; potential and actual claims and proceedings, including stockholder litigation; competition; the impact of global economic conditions and other factors. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion.
For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2010 and its most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion's beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release.Immersion, the Immersion logo, and TouchSense are trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (IMMR – T)