Immersion Files Additional Lawsuits Against Samsung in U.S. and China

SAN JOSE, Calif.--()--Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ:IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that it has filed a second complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. alleging that certain Samsung touchscreen phones, including the Galaxy S8, infringe Immersion’s U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051, “Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects” (the ’051 patent) The complaint seeks to stop further infringement by Samsung and to recover damages. The ‘051 patent is one of the patents that Immersion asserted against Apple, Inc. which litigation has since terminated in a settlement and license agreement.

“Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations”

In the third quarter of 2017, Immersion filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging that certain Samsung touchscreen phones, including the Galaxy S8, infringe certain Immersion patents covering haptic feedback systems and methods in electronic devices. The Court has scheduled a claim construction hearing for August 15, 2018 and a trial date of February 19, 2019.

In addition, Immersion also announced today that it has filed a complaint in the Fuzhou Intermediate Court in Fuzhou, China against Samsung (China) Investment Co., Ltd., Huizhou Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and Fujian Province Min Xin Household Electrical Appliances Technology Service Co., Ltd. alleging that certain Samsung touchscreen phones, including the Galaxy S8, infringe three Immersion Chinese patents covering haptic feedback systems and methods in electronic devices.

The Chinese patents being asserted are:

Chinese Patent No. ZL02821854.X “Input device and mobile telephone comprising the input device;”

Chinese Patent No. ZL201210005785.2 “Method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations;” and

Chinese Patent No. ZL201310253562.2 “Methods and apparatus for providing tactile sensations.”

These patents are related to the patents that were asserted against Apple, Inc. which litigation has since terminated in a settlement and license agreement.

About Immersion

Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator of touch feedback technology, also known as haptics. The company provides technology solutions for creating immersive and realistic experiences that enhance digital interactions by engaging users’ sense of touch. With more than 2,900 issued or pending patents, Immersion's technology has been adopted in more than 3 billion digital devices, and provides haptics in mobile, automotive, gaming, medical and consumer electronics products. Immersion is headquartered in San Jose, California with offices worldwide. Learn more at www.immersion.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

All statements, other than the statements of historical fact, are statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements regarding Immersion's intellectual property and litigation strategies.

Immersion's actual results might differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with Immersion's business, which include, but are not limited to: unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in product development efforts by Immersion and its licensees; unanticipated difficulties and challenges encountered in implementation efforts by Immersion's licensees; adverse outcomes in any future intellectual property-related litigation and the costs related thereto; the effects of the current macroeconomic climate; delay in or failure to achieve adoption of or commercial demand for Immersion's products or third party products incorporating Immersion's technologies; and a delay in or failure to achieve the acceptance of touch feedback as a critical user experience. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of Immersion.

For a more detailed discussion of these factors, and other factors that could cause actual results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk factors listed in Immersion's most current Form 10-K, and Form 10-Q, both of which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion's beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after the date of this release.

Immersion and the Immersion logo are trademarks of Immersion Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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