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Lanier Law Firm Files Infringement Lawsuit Over E-mail Spam Patent

MARSHALL - The Lanier Law Firm has announced a patent infringement lawsuit filed on behalf of Longview, Texas-based InNova Patent Licensing LLC against a group of 36 corporate defendants accused of infringing an InNova patent that represents one of the cornerstones of e-mail communications (InNova Patent Licensing, LLC v. 3Com Corporation, et al., No. 2:10-cv-00251, E.D. Texas).

The lawsuit, filed July 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall, names some of the world's most recognizable companies as defendants, including iPhone maker Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), retailer JCPenney Co. (NYSE:JCP) , search engine giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and others.

The federal lawsuit focuses on a revolutionary InNova patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,018,761, that covers technology used to differentiate between spam e-mail messages and those that users actually want to receive. The InNova patent was awarded to inventor and mathematician Robert Uomini nearly 15 years ago when Internet e-mail was still in its formative stages. Uomini is the founder of InNova.

Patent infringement attorney Christopher Banys of The Lanier Law Firm, lead counsel for InNova, says the company's patent is one of the building blocks for all e-mail communications. InNova's complaint alleges that the defendant companies have used InNova's invention without permission for years.

In addition to Apple, JCPenney and Google, the lawsuit also names as defendants 3Com Corporation; Alcatel-Lucent Holding Inc.; American International Group Inc.; AO, Inc.; Bank of America Corporation; Capital One Auto Finance Inc.; Capital One Financial Corporation; Cinemark Inc.; Cinemark Holdings Inc.; Citigroup Inc.; Crossmark Inc.; Dell Inc.; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.; Ericsson Inc.; Frito-Lay Inc.; Frito-Lay North America Inc.; Hewlett-Packard Company; HP Enterprise Services LLC; International Business Machines Corporation; J.C. Penney Corporation Inc.; J.C. Penney Life Insurance Company; J.C. Penney Mexico Inc.; J.C. Penney Reinsurance Company; JCP Publications Corp.; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; McAfee Inc.; Perot Systems Corporation; Rent-A-Center Inc.; Research in Motion Corporation; Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc.; Symantec Corporation; Wells Fargo & Company; and Yahoo! Inc.

With offices in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Houston and New York, The Lanier Law Firm handles cases involving pharmaceutical liability, asbestos exposure, intellectual property, business litigation, product liability, toxic exposure and maritime law.

The case is assigned to Judge David Folsom.

In addition to Banys, InNova is represented by Jack Wesley Hill of Ward & Smith Law Firm in Longview, Texas.

Download the complaint.