According tomedia reports, a lawsuit accusing the entire computer industry of patent infringement was dismissed because the court statement was not filed before the deadline. In September 2019, plaintiff Mers Kutt filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alling damages of $350 billion for more than 40 technology companies, telecommunications service providers and financial companies. Apple also appears on the list and has a very high name.
A judge dismissed the case in March 2020 after a majority of those companies filed an order against it. Kutt therefore appealed the decision, but apparently failed to submit his case by the 2 July deadline. The suit was dismissed on 1 September.
Kutt is understood to be a Canadian inventor who developed the world’s first keyboard-based microcomputer through his own company, Micro Computer Machines.
The original lawsuit involved infringement of two patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 5,506,981 and 5,450,574. Kutt claims that some of the computers made by the defendants — about 8 billion products — used his patented technology to make them run faster. He noted that the damage caused in the case was far greater than the typical patent infringement damage, in part because it also involved violations of antitrust laws, agreement violations, obstructions and thefts.
In addition to tech giants such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Highcom, Samsung, Amazon and Intel, the lawsuit accuses small computer makers such as ARM Holdings, Acer and Nokia of infringing patents. AT?amp;T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizo.