The '372 patent issued from a patent application that was filed on January 12,2001.11.
The '372 patent is entitled, "Network Based Document Distribution Method" and is directed at a method of distributing and collecting documents over a network and doing business over the Internet.12.
TTI is the assignee and sole owner of the '372 patent.
'372 Patent Litigation
The '372 patent is the subject of two related and parallel disputes in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.14.
On September 17, 2010, TTI filed a complaint against Extended Disc NorthAmerica, Inc. ("EDNA") for direct and contributory infringement of the '372 patent – Case No.4:10-cv-03350 ("
On April 4, 2011, Extended DISC International, Inc., a Finnish Corporation,("EDI") filed a first
Request for Reexamination.16.
On May 4, 2011, EDNA, the U.S. franchisee of EDI and defendant in the firstTexas case, filed the first Motion to Stay Litigation Pending Reexamination of the '372 patent in
On May 19, 2011, the Court denied EDNA's Motion to Stay PendingReexamination in
On June 7 2011, and in response to defenses asserted by EDNA, TTI filed asealed Motion for Leave to Amend the Complaint in
to add as a defendant, Extended DISC International, Inc. ("EDI") – the Finland based company.3