Data Carriers, a non-practicing company that holds numbers of technology patents, filed patent infringement suit against LinkedIn. It also filed suits against websites and companies including Netflix, Hulu, Office Depot, Flixster, Apple, Sony, Toshiba, HP, Lenovo and a few others. The suit revolves around a single patent US5388198 entitled ‘Proactive presentation of automating features to a computer user’ issued on Feb 07, 1995 and expired[i] on Apr 16, 2012. The patent was originally issued to Symantec and was last assigned[ii] to Data Carriers (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).
The suit alleged that the defendant infringed the patent by making use of products or services that automatically intervene in the use of a computer system to suggest or present features based on information on the use of the system, including in autocomplete features of the defendant’s website www.linkedin.com. By using the claimed technology on its website, Data Carrier alleged it had suffered damages and was therefore entitled to receive a judgment for "damages, costs, expenses, and prejudgment and post-judgment interest", as well as attorneys’ fees, as said in the complaint.
The parties have settled the case and reached an agreement. Upon their requests for dismissal, the Court ordered Dismissal with Prejudice of all claims by Plaintiff Data Carriers, subject to the terms of a Settlement and Release Agreement. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed. Similarly suits against Netflix, Hulu, Office Depot, Flixster were closed on the same day.