The suit, which came to light over the weekend, was filed on 16 February in Marshall, Texas. The eastern Texas city is fast becoming one of the leading locations of patent infringement lawsuits in the US thanks to speedy trials and juries that more often than not find in favour of the plaintiff.
In the complaint Texas MP3 Technologies alleges infringement on US patent 7,065,417, which was awarded in June 2006 to multimedia chip-maker SigmaTel and covers "an MPEG portable sound-reproducing system and a method for reproducing sound data compressed using the MPEG method."
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