Feeds

Nokia, Nintendo and Sony struck in wireless patent spat

IP holder alleges PSP, DS, N85 infringement

The Power of One Infographic

Friday the 13th is always a dodgy day - for the paranoid at least. And for Sony, Nintendo and Nokia, it seems - it was the day that a US firm chose to file a patent violation lawsuit claiming all three of them have trampled over wireless data transfer technology it owns.

Wall Wireless LLC, a Texas-based firm, is attempting to sue the trio for allegedly infringing upon its patent – number 6,640,086, granted in the US in 2003 – entitled “Method and Apparatus for Creating and Distributing Real-Time Interactive Media Content Through Wireless Communication Networks and the Internet”.

Gaming title Edge has seen associated documents and reported that the patent describes techqniques that "allow an operator to distribute messages having aural or visual content that is generated by the operator using handheld apparatuses such as mobile phones”.

The long and short of which is that Wall Wireless claims that Sony’s PlayStation Portable, Nintendo’s DS and several Nokia phones – including the N95, N93 and N82 – all use said techniques, but without Wall Wirless' say-so.

Wall Wireless is seeking a permanent injunction and a whole ratchet of costs, including for damages, expenses and legal fees.

A rebuttal from Sony, Nokia or Nintendo is yet to be seen. ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports
Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins
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
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
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.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
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.
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.