09 May 2009

Fractus S.A. Sues Ten Cell Phone Manufacturers for Patent Infringement on Nine Different Patents

HOUSTON, TX and BARCELONA, SPAIN – On Tuesday, May 5, 2009, Fractus S.A. of Barcelona, Spain sued cell phone manufacturers Samsung, LG, RIM, Pantech, Kyocera, Palm, HTC, Sharp, UTStarcom, and Sanyo for infringing nine different patents held by Fractus.

Fractus is an early pioneer in developing internal antennas for cellular phones and other industries.  Founded in 1999, Fractus set out to meet the challenge of delivering antennas small enough to fit inside a cell phone yet powerful enough to support today’s multiband cell phones.  Fractus has been, and remains, an active supplier of antennas and has shipped millions of antennas worldwide.

Among the numerous awards and honors the company has received for its innovative work, Fractus has been named a 2005 Davos World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and one of Red Herring’s top innovative companies for 2006.  It has also won the 2004 Frost & Sullivan award for technological innovation and the 2007 Elektra European Electronics Industry R&D Award.

Fractus holds over 80 patents worldwide, including over 30 United States patents.  “We are grateful that Fractus has chosen us to represent them in enforcing these patents,” said Max Tribble of Susman Godfrey L.L.P., lead lawyer for Fractus.  “It is very brave of Fractus to fight against these cell phone companies, many of whom knew about Fractus and its technology yet still continued to infringe.  Fractus’s inventions have added tremendous value to both the cell phone user and manufacturer.”

IPotential, LLC, has been retained by Fractus as its licensing business advisor.

Fractus is represented by Max Tribble and Justin Nelson of Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and Michael Heim of Heim, Payne & Chorush, L.L.P.  The case was filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, Case No. 6:09-cv-203.

For information contact:
Mr. Max L. Tribble
Susman Godfrey LLP
1000 Louisiana Suite 5100
Houston, TX 77002-5096
(713) 653-7820

Mr. Justin A. Nelson
Susman Godfrey LLP
1201 Third Ave. Suite 3800
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 516-3867

Mr. Michael Heim
Heim, Payne & Chorush
600 Travis, Suite 6710
Houston, Texas 77002
(713) 221-2001
About Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
Susman Godfrey L.L.P., a law firm with more than 80 lawyers, was recently named one of the top litigation boutiques in the country by The American Lawyer.  The firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including antitrust, patent and intellectual property, securities and corporate governance litigation, energy, commercial and products liability, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, accounting malpractice, arbitration, climate change, and international litigation. The firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York. For additional information, visit http://www.susmangodfrey.com.

About Heim Payne & Chorush L.L.P.
Heim Payne & Chorush L.L.P. specializes exclusively in high stakes patent and antitrust litigation, often involving multiple patents or portfolios.  The firm’s attorneys have specialized technical backgrounds in the electrical, chemical and biotech fields, giving them a significant edge in representing their clients in the courtroom.  The firm often partners with small high tech companies, assisting them in enforcing their patent portfolios against their much larger competitors.  The firm has offices in Houston and Austin.  For more information, see http://www.hpcllp.com

About IPotential, LLC
IPotential LLC was founded in 2003 to provide patent owners with the expertise in patent transactions and intellectual property as typically available at top multinational technology companies.  IPotential has brokered over $265 million worth of patents in over 137 transactions. The company serves patent owners of all types, including individual inventors, small to large enterprises, and private equity investors, worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ipotential.com.