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NXP files patent case against RIM

Posted: 10 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiFi? GPS integration? communications bus?

NXP Semiconductors NV has announced that it filed a patent infringement case against Research In Motion Ltd (RIM) in U.S. federal court in Florida. The suit asserts that the Blackberry maker infringed six U.S. patents held by NXP that include technology for expanding the range of data transmission, according to a report by Bloomberg.

According to the report, NXP is seeking cash compensation and a court order to block further use of its inventions. Sander Arts, VP of marketing and communications at NXP, expressed 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 WiFi technology, GPS integration, internal communications buses and the manner in which the chips incorporated into RIM's phones are manufactured," Arts noted. "NXP looks forward to proving its allegations in court."

Moreover, 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, the report added.

- Dylan McGrath
??EE Times

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