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Complaint for Patent Infringement
Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-06293-EDL, the Hon. Elizabeth D. Laporte presiding.
Filed on Dec. 12, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California;

Plaintiffs

v.
Bascom Research
Blankingship & Keith PC; Fairfax, VA
John A.C. Keith
William Boyle Porter

Defendants

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Cooley LLP; Mastic Beach, NY
Scott Allen Cole
Stephen Richard Smith

Patents in case

  • 7,111,232: “Method and system for making document objects available to users of a network” by Bascom and assigned to Bascom; Thomas Layne. Prosecuted by Andrews Kurth LLP. Includes 17 claims (2 indep.). Was application 10/090,740. Filed 3/6/2002 & Granted 9/19/2006.
  • 7,139,974: “Framework for managing document objects stored on a network” by Bascom et. al. and assigned to Bascom; Thomas Layne. Prosecuted by Andrews Kurth LLP. Includes 45 claims (5 indep.). Was application 10/090,739. Filed 3/6/2002 & Granted 11/21/2006.
  • 7,158,971: “Method for searching document objects on a network” by Bascom and assigned to Bascom; Thomas Layne. Prosecuted by Andrews Kurth LLP. Includes 38 claims (3 indep.). Was application 10/118,918. Filed 4/10/2002 & Granted 1/2/2007.
  • 7,389,241: “Method for users of a network to provide other users with access to link relationships.” by Bascom and assigned to Bascom; Thomas Layne. Prosecuted by Andrews Kurth LLP. Includes 78 claims (3 indep.). Was application 10/118,093. Filed 4/9/2002 & Granted 6/17/2008.

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