NY Times, CBS Escape Mobile Alert Patent Suits

Law360, New York (August 14, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed five suits alleging companies including the New York Times Co. and CBS Corp. infringed Helferich Patent Licensing LLC patents by sending breaking news text messages to mobile phones, ruling the patents are exhausted when a manufacturer sells a phone to the consumer.

U.S. District Judge John W. Darrah rejected the patent licensing company's argument that the defense of patent exhaustion did not apply to its infringement allegations because it only licensed the “handset” claims of its patented inventions to...
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