AZA Sues Electronics Giants Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung and Sanyo and Others for Patent Infringement on behalf of East Texas Company
May 11, 2012

HOUSTON – Lawyers at AZA, or AZA, announce that client Anu IP LLP has filed patent infringement lawsuits against more than 30 companies, including electronics giants such as Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung and Sanyo.

The claim alleges the companies are infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 6,979,210 and 7,090,515, which apply to thumb-drive storage technology.

Marshall, Texas-based Anu IP is represented by Demetrios Anaipakos, Amir Alavi and Steven Mitby, partners in the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property law firm AZA.

The lawsuits, filed April 17, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, were featured in the Law360 article, “Toshiba, Samsung, Others Targeted In Thumb Drive IP Blitz.”

The ’210 and ’515 patents cover technology used in USB thumb drive memory-storage devices that contain retractable USB connectors.

On April 18, 2012, AZA also filed a related a complaint before the United States International Trade Commission seeking a Section 337 investigation. In the complaint, In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices Having a Retractable USB Connector, Anu IP alleges that the defendants import and sell products infringing the ’210 and ’515 patents.

AZA, or Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Mensing, is a Houston-based law firm that is home to true courtroom lawyers with a formidable track record in complex commercial litigation, including energy, intellectual property, securities fraud, construction and business dispute cases. AZA is one of only 32 firms in the U.S. to be recognized as “awesome opponents” in a nationwide poll of corporate general counsel who were asked to name the law firms they hope their companies never have to face in court. In fact, AZA has been hired on many occasions by the same companies the firm has prevailed against at trial. Read more at


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