updated 12:55 pm EST, Wed March 10, 2010
Bluetooth, e-mail sync raised as issues
Apple, AT&T, Research in Motion and several other companies are being sued by a company based in Frisco, Texas, according to AppleInsider. SmartPhone Technologies charges that seven of its patents have been violated, including ones related to Bluetooth, e-mail sync and some broader concepts associated with smartphones. Other corporations listed in the suit include LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sanyo. With one of the patents only RIM, Motorola and Samsung are listed as infringing.
The suit is being handled through the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, notorious for being friendly to intellectual property complaints. SmartPhone is requesting a jury trial, as well as damages and expenses as compensation. The suit is unlikely to get that far however, as most such legal battles are settled out-of-court through royalties or one-time payouts, if they are not dismissed entirely.