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科技產業資訊室 (iKnow) - SYL 發表於 2015年4月1日
2015年3月26日,營業處所設於美國德州的專利授權公司Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC (下稱RCDI),向美國德州東區聯邦地院提起專利侵權告訴,控告荷蘭皇家飛利浦公司之美國分公司Philips North America Corporation(下稱Philips),其所製造販賣之智慧照明控制系統與裝置產品,例如Dynalite照明控制系統與裝置產品、hue個人連網智慧照明控制系統與裝置產品等,直接或間接侵害了RCDI所擁有之一項專利權利的至少請求項1。
 
本案系爭專利為美國專利編號US 8,788,090,名稱為「用來創造個人化消費產品的系統與方法(System and method for creating a personalized consumer product)」,於2014年7月22日核發,發明人為Leigh M. Rothschild。
 
原告RCDI在訴狀指出,Philips所製造販賣之照明控制與裝置系統,使用者可以依其偏好控制不同電子裝置的功能,例如Dynalite系統讓使用者可以依其偏好控制照明燈具、窗簾、百葉窗等設備之運作,而hue系統則可以讓使用者從遠端依其偏好控制hue照明裝置等,主張至少侵害了系爭專利權利之請求項1。
 
本案專利發明人Leigh M. Rothschild係獨立發明家,畢業於邁阿密大學(University of Miami)的商學院(School of Business),卻擁有超過80件之美國專利,發明技術領域涵蓋包括電腦伺服器、3D顯示、GPS技術等技術領域。據悉Leigh M. Rothschild曾在1998年創辦一家公司BarPoint,Inc.,但在2005年將該公司出售。他現職是Rothschild Trust Holdings, LLC公司的常務董事(Managing Director)。而本案原告公司Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC隸屬於Rothschild Trust Holdings, LLC旗下的授權公司之一。
 
Leigh M. Rothschild透過設立不同的專利授權公司來提起專利侵權訴訟,為其個別專利權利尋求獲利,例如2015年截自3月底止,Rothschild系列的專利授權公司便有以下的訴訟活動:
  1. 在2015年2月6日,RCDI向本案相同法院提起19起專利侵權之訴,控告多家公司所販賣、具備讓使用者透過智慧型手機等裝置遠端控制的安全監控、智慧家庭或智慧家電等系統產品,侵害本案系爭專利權利(見表三);
  2. 在2015年3月20日與3月25日,Rothschild Location Technologies LLC向德州東區聯邦地院先後共提起15起專利侵權之訴,控告多家公司具備提供GPS定位資訊功能之裝置產品、App產品或服務系統等,侵害其所擁有、名稱均為「用於遠距輸入、儲存與分享一定位資訊裝置位址的裝置、系統與方法(Device, system and method for remotely entering, storing and sharing addresses for a positional information device)」的US 8,606,503或US 7,917,285專利權利。此外,在2015年1月22日,Rothschild Location Technologies LLC向德拉瓦州聯邦地院提起專利侵權之訴,控告Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC公司侵害US 8,606,503專利權利(見表四);
  3. 在2015年3月20日與3月19日,Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC向德州東區聯邦地院先後共提起10起專利侵權之訴,控告多家公司透過網路提供影音內容產品之服務,侵害其所擁有、名稱為「用來在雲端運算環境中儲存廣播內容的系統與方法(System and Method for Storing Broadcast Content in a Cloud-Based Computing Environment)」的US 8,856,221專利權利(見表五)。(1282字;表5)
表一、請求項解析
US 8,788,090 請求項1
1. A system for customizing a product according to a user's preferences comprising:
一種用來根據使用者偏好客製化產品的系統,包括
a remote server (FIG.1 - 104) including a database configured to store a product preference of a predetermined product for at least one user; and
一遠端伺服器,其包括一被配置來、為至少一個使用者儲存其對一預設產品之產品偏好的資料庫
a first communication module (FIG.1 - 112) within the product (FIG.1 - 110) and in communication with the remote server;
一第一通訊模組,其內建於產品中並與遠端伺服器進行通訊
wherein the remote server is configured to receive the identity of the predetermined product and the identity of the at least one user, retrieve the product preference from the database based on the identity of the predetermined product and the identity of the least one user and transmit the product preference to the first communication module.
其中遠端伺服器被配置來接收預設產品之識別以及至少一個使用者之身分識別,依據預設產品之識別與至少一個使用者之身分識別從資料庫中擷取產品偏好,並傳送產品偏好至第一通訊模組
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Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2015/04
 
表二、專利訴訟案件基本資料:專利授權公司RCDI控告Philips美國分公司
訴訟名稱 Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. Phillips Electronics North America Corporation
提告日期 2015年3月26日
原告 Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC
被告 Phillips Electronics North America Corporation
案號 2:15-cv-00434-JRG-RSP
訴訟法院 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
系爭專利 US 8,788,090
系爭產品 Philips所製造販賣之Dynalite照明控制系統與裝置產品,http://www.lighting.philips.com/main/subsites/dynalite/about/index.wpd,以及hue個人連網智慧照明控制系統與裝置產品,http://www.deco.philips.com.tw/hue (最後瀏覽日:2015/04/01)
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Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2015/04
 
表三、Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations在2015年1月--3月所起訴之其他專利侵權訴訟
提告日期 被告公司 案號 訴訟法院 系爭專利
2015/02/06 ADT LLC 2:15-cv-00156-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Belkin International, Inc. 2:15-cv-00157-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 BrickhouseElectronicsLLC 2:15-cv-00158-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Cisco Systems, Inc. 2:15-cv-00159-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 CPI Security, Inc. 2:15-cv-00160-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 General Electric Company 2:15-cv-00161-RWS-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Honeywell International, Inc. 2:15-cv-00162-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Netgear, Inc. 2:15-cv-00163-JRG the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 OnStar, LLC 2:15-cv-00164-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Panasonic Corporation of North America 2:15-cv-00165-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Philips Electronics North America Corporation 2:15-cv-00166-JRG-RSP (原告於2015年3月27日撤告) the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Rain Bird Corporation 2:15-cv-00167-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Sharp Electronics Corporation 2:15-cv-00168-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 TRANE U.S. INC. 2:15-cv-00169-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. 2:15-cv-00170-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Tyco Integrated Security LLC 2:15-cv-00171-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Uniden America Corporation 2:15-cv-00172-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Vivint, Inc. 2:15-cv-00173-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
2015/02/06 Westec Intelligent Surveillance, Inc. 2:15-cv-00174-JRG-RSP the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,788,090
Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2015/04
 
表四、Rothschild Location Technologies LLC 在2015年1至3月底之訴訟活動概況
提告日期 被告公司 案號 訴訟法院 系爭專利
2015/03/25 InTouch GPS, LLC 6:15-cv-00253-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Leica Geosystems Inc. 6:15-cv-00256-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Navman Wireless North America Ltd. 6:15-cv-00257-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Raven Industries, Inc. 6:15-cv-00258-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Spireon, Inc. 6:15-cv-00259-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Glympse Inc. 6:15-cv-00260-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 7,917,285US 8,606,503
2015/03/25 Lyft, Inc. 6:15-cv-00261-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 7,917,285US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 AT&T Mobility LLC 6:15-cv-00239-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 Sprint Spectrum L.P. 6:15-cv-00240-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 T-Mobile USA, Inc. 6:15-cv-00241-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 6:15-cv-00242-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 Motorola Solutions, Inc. 6:15-cv-00244-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 7,917,285
2015/03/20 Redtail Telematics Corporation 6:15-cv-00245-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 Webtech Wireless (USA) Inc. 6:15-cv-00246-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,606,503
2015/03/20 Global Tracking Communications, Inc. 6:15-cv-00247-RWS the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 7,917,285US 8,606,503
2015/01/22 Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC 1:15-cv-00071-RGA the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware US 8,606,503
Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2015/04
 
表五、Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC在2015年1至3月底之訴訟活動概況
提告日期 被告公司 案號 訴訟法院 系爭專利
2015/03/20 Crunchyroll, Inc. 6:15-cv-00238-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 Comcast Corporation 6:15-cv-00226-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 Discovery Communications, Inc. 6:15-cv-00227-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 NGC Network US, LLC 6:15-cv-00228-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 Univision Communications Inc. 6:15-cv-00229-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 UStream, Inc. 6:15-cv-00230-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 VBrick Systems Inc. 6:15-cv-00231-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 Vimeo, LLC 6:15-cv-00232-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 VUDU, Inc. 6:15-cv-00233-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
2015/03/19 Wistia, Inc. 6:15-cv-00234-RWS-JDL the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas US 8,856,221
Source: 科技政策研究與資訊中心—科技產業資訊室整理,2015/04
 
 
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