TEXARKANA, Texas —A lawsuit accusing Apple of infringing on multiple patents in its mobile operating system is scheduled for trial this week in Texarkana's downtown federal building.
Maxell, a technology company based in Japan, sued Apple in March 2019 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas alleging infringement on multiple patents. The case is scheduled for jury selection Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III.
Maxell claims Apple is unfairly profiting from its patented technology, which involves navigational systems, batteries, cameras and more. Apple recently asked that the case be put on hold because of the pandemic.
Schroeder denied the request for a delay, noting that protocols will be in place to mitigate the risk and that other trials in the Eastern District have proceeded without issue.
On Friday, a $308.5 million judgment against Apple was awarded in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas to Personalized Media Communication. The patent involved decryption of digital media content.
In August 2020, Apple was ordered to pay a $506,200 judgment to PanOptis in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas in connection with patents covering wireless communication technology. In October 2020, VirnetX won a $503 million verdict against Apple in connection with network security patents in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
According to a February 2019 article published in The Verge, Apple has closed stores in the region to avoid future patent lawsuits in the Eastern District of Texas.
Other multi-million judgments involving patents and large tech companies have been rendered in the Eastern District over the last several years. In July 2018, Maxell was awarded $43.3 million in a suit against ZTE USA for infringement of seven smartphone patents in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District at the end of a jury trial before Schroeder.
Maxell is represented by Texarkana lawyers Geoff Culbertson and Kelly Tidwell of Patton Tidwell & Culbertson. Also representing Maxell are Jamie Beaber, Alan Grimaldi, Kfir Levy, James Fussell III, Baldine Paul, Tiffany Miller, Saquib Siddiqui, Bryan Nese, William Barrow, Alison Gelsleichter, Clark Bakewell, Robert Pluta and Amanda Streff Bonner of Mayer Brown.
Apple is represented by Harry Gillam Jr. and Melissa Richards Smith of Gillam & Smith. Also representing Apple are Mark Fowler, Brent Yamashita, Christian Chessman, Sean Cunningham, Erin Gibson, Kevin Hamilton, David Knudson, Michael Jay, Aaron Fountain, Zachary Loney, Dawn Jenkins, Paul Steadman and Stephanie Lim of DLA Piper.
Opening arguments and testimony in the case are expected to begin Tuesday.