Feeds

Sendo sues Orange over MS SPV smartphone IP

And regrets having to do so...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Mobile phone company Sendo today started legal proceedings in London against Orange, claiming patent infringement in the design of the Orange SPV smartphone. Given that the "Orange" SPV uses HTC hardware with a Microsoft operating system and an Orange look and feel on top of that, picking on Orange might seem a tad odd - but once you've disentangled the rationale, it begins to look like the company with the problem is Microsoft, again.

Sendo broke up noisily with Microsoft last year, in a flurry of lawsuits that included claims of IP theft. Sendo is now claiming that the SPV infringes a patent "relating to the design of the circuit board within the phone." The patent in question was filed in the UK, and therefore the action is being taken in the UK against the obvious UK target. But "it is regrettable that we had to take action against Orange," a Sendo spokeswoman told The Register.

She was unable to say whether or not the Tanager smartphone design might also be subject to future action, but noted that Sendo has filed patent applications in all major territories, that it does not rule out other actions, and that it has to take action in order to defend its patents: "The key is we have to."

In a statement, Sendo CEO said "we are now in a position that we have to take legal steps. We are seeking damages and an injunction to restrain sales of the product. As we have previously stated, if Sendo believes that its global intellectual property rights are infringed, wherever in the world this might be, we will take steps to defend those rights."

Which boils down to a stated intent to sue locally wherever a handset it deems to infringe its intellectual property rights ships. Which may be a worry to network operators considering shipping Microsoft smartphones. Which is why Microsoft is the company with the problem, even before you start to wonder what Sendo might contend about how any allegedly infringing IP might have got to HTC.

Orange told The Register that it was aware that an action had been initiated and said it strongly denied any improprietary. The company has however contacted the parties involved in the design and build of the SPV. The names may be familiar to you, we reckon... ®

Related stories:
Whatever didn't happen to Microsoft's Marc Brown?
MS goes on attack in Sendo case
Microsoft's masterplan to screw phone partner - full details

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.