Feeds

Nokia, HTC and RIM dragged into patent dispute

US firm seeks gadget import ban

Mobile application security vulnerability report

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. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.