Feeds

Nokia, HTC and RIM dragged into patent dispute

US firm seeks gadget import ban

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Gadgets made by a host of big-name manufacturers, including Nokia and HTC, could be banned from import into the US, if a patent violation investigation being conducted the US International Trade Commission (ITC) rules in the claimant’s favour.

The government body has voted to investigate claims by patent purchasing firm Saxon Innovations of Tyler, Texas that the named technology firms have each violated up to three patents owned by the company.

BlackBerry maker RIM, Panasonic and AVC Networks – a Panasonic-owned firm that makes gear related to SD cards, DVDs and digital TVs – have also been accused by Saxon.

Specific details about which products are supposedly at fault and how they could have trampled on Saxon’s patents are scarce. But an ITC announcement has mentioned “handheld wireless communication devices”, “smart phones”, “cellular telephones” and “television remote controls”.

According to online reports, one of the patents that Saxon’s upset about is for a keypad monitor with keypad activity based activation. Another patent is said to cover a device and method for inter-processor communication using mailboxes owned by processor devices.

Both patents were initially granted to chip maker AMD, until Saxon bought them in July 2007.

It’s also rumoured that Nokia's N73 and N95 handsets could be at risk, in addition to the BlackBerry 8100 Pearl and Palm's Treo 700p.

Saxon Innovations is seeking an exclusion order, and cease-and-desist orders. An initial hearing into the alleged patent violation will take place during the coming months. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files
DTS and Sonos sing out but not off the same hymnsheet
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM
Reg staff not allowed to enter, god dammit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.