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BIO-key says patent suit without merit


Blue Spike, a Texas-based firm, filed a patent infringement suit against BIO-key International, Inc. on August 15, under Civil Action No. 6:12-cv-00531 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas with Judge Leonard Davis handling the case.

Michael DePasquale, CEO of BIO-key said: “BIO-key believes Blue Spike’s claims to be without merit and intends to vigorously defend itself.”

Blue Spike accuses BIO-key of infringing on US Patent Nos. 7,346,472 issued March 18, 2008; 7,660,700 issued Feb. 9, 2010; 7,949,494 issued May 24, 2011; and 8,214,175 issued July 3, 2012, all titled “Method and Device for Monitoring and Analyzing Signals.”

Blue Spike is asking the court to issue an injunction to prevent further infringement and for an award of damages, treble damages, interest, and attorney’s fees.

But BIO-key is not the only company that Blue Spike has filed patent infringement cases. From August 9 to 16, Blue Spike filed against 13 companies at the Texas Eastern District Court. Actions are proceeding against: iPharro Media, Inc., Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Texas Instruments, Inc., The Echo Nest Corporation, TuneSat LLC, Vercury, Inc., SoundHound, Inc., Vobile, Inc., Attributor Corporation, Miranda Technologies, Inc., and Peer Media Technologies, Inc. with three separate cases.

These infringement cases ranged from chip manufacturing, digital rights management, video streaming and digital watermarking.

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