In September 2019, the plaintiff, mers kutt, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of Texas in the United States, accusing more than 40 technology companies, telecom suppliers and financial companies, etc., for damages of 350 billion US dollars (about 2.4 trillion yuan). Apple is at the top of the list.
After most of these companies filed opposition orders, the judge dismissed the case in March 2020 and filed damages. Kutt appealed the decision, but did not submit a statement before the July 2 deadline. On September 1st, the lawsuit was dismissed.
Kutt is a Canadian inventor who developed the worlds first keyboard based microcomputer through his company, microcomputermachines.
The initial lawsuit involved alleged infringement of two patents, U.S. Patent No. 5506981 and U.S. Patent No. 5450574. Both patents are entitled devices and methods for improving the performance of personal computers, involving microprocessors and clock speeds..
Kutt claims that some of the defendants produced computers with a total production of about 8 billion units, which included his patented technology to increase the speed of operation. He argued that the damages committed in the case far exceed typical patent infringement damages, in part because the case also involved antitrust violations, breach of agreements, obstruction and theft.
In addition to technology giants such as apple, Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, Amazon and Intel, the lawsuit also accused small computer manufacturers such as arm holdings, Acer and Nokia for patent infringement. At & T, T-Mobile, sprint, Verizon, JP Morgan and best buy were also listed as defendants, along with the U.S. government..