Feeds

Post TI deal, Sendo and Orange settle MS phone suit

Alleged infringement retroactively disappeared

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Sendo and Orange today announced the "settlement" of Sendo's patent lawsuit against the phone network, with a singularly minimalist statement. "Sendo and Orange today announced settlement of the patent action between Sendo and Orange. Sendo have withdrawn the lawsuit and will contribute to Orange's costs. The terms of the settlement are to remain confidential", the pair statemented in harmony.

But while Sendo paying Orange's costs might be seen as a capitulation, and hence a severe blow to the company's IP protection hopes, the opposite seems to be the case. Yesterday TI announced it had struck a patent licensing deal with Sendo "related to smartphone technology" and in the department of delphic utterances, added "as a result of the licensing agreement, TI will not be changing its prices for OMAP devices".

You could conjure with the question of why somebody felt motivated to shove that one in all day, but we won't. The bottom line is that the patent that was the subject of Sendo's action is included in the TI deal, making pursuing Orange pointless from Sendo's point of view, so the action magically vanishes. It also means Sendo has gained some acknowledgement from TI of it's IP claims.

A Sendo spokeswoman said the company still does not exclude future action against companies it sees as infringing its IP, and noted that it is necessary to act on infringement of patents in order to be able to maintain them. This is simply a reiteration of previous Sendo statements, and makes it pretty clear that somewhere within those confidential terms lies an acknowledgement. Otherwise, Sendo would have difficulty in pursuing action under UK patent law against future offenders, should there be any. Not suing TI customers however thins down the potential targets a tad. ®

Related story

Sendo sues Orange over MS SPV smartphone IP

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.