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NXP sues Blackberry-maker RIM over patents

Posted: 05 Apr 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement  Wi-Fi  GPS 

NXP Semiconductors has sued Blackberry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) for infringing its patents. NXP has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against RIM in U.S. federal court in Florida.

According to the lawsuit filed, RIM infringes on six U.S. patents held by NXP Semiconductors, including technology for expanding the range of data transmission, as per a report by the Bloomberg news service.

NXP is seeking cash compensation and a court order to block further use of its inventions, according to the report.

Sander Arts, vice president of marketing and communications at NXP, said in an email exchange that NXP initiated licensing discussions with RIM over the technologies at issue, but that the discussions resulted in NXP feeling the need to pursue the matter via the courts.

"NXP sued RIM in the Middle District of Florida on six patents, covering various aspects of RIM's mobile phones including Wi-Fi technology, GPS integration, internal communications buses, and the manner in which the chips incorporated into RIM's phones are manufactured," Arts said. "NXP looks forward to proving its allegations in court."

In addition to technology expanding the range of data transmission, NXP alleges that RIM is infringing its patents covering computer bus systems, mobile phones with GPS receivers, circuit manufacturing, the polishing of the surface of wafers and patterning of layers on a wafer, according to the Bloomberg report.

- Dylan McGrath
  EE Times

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