TEXARKANA, Texas — A settlement agreement in a patent lawsuit against tech giant Apple was filed Monday, one day before the trial was to begin in Texarkana's downtown federal building.
A sealed motion filed jointly by plaintiff Maxell and defendant Apple on Monday gives notice of a settlement in the case, which was filed in March 2019 in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint accused Apple of infringing on a number of Maxell's patents used in Apple's mobile operating system.
The case was set for jury selection Monday before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III and opening statements were expected Tuesday morning. The case's docket shows the notice of settlement was filed Monday.
Maxell claimed Apple was unfairly profiting from its patented technology, which involves navigational systems, batteries, cameras and more.
Last week 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 million 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.
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.