Nokia Hit With Patent Infringement Suit
Nokia has been hit with a patent infringement suit by New Zealand-based company Michael S Sutton Ltd.
Filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texa,, the complaint for alleges that Finland-based Nokia has infringed on a data packaging technology patent owned by Sutton. The specific technology is used in Nokia messaging applications. and is seeking damages, court documents showed.
EDN.com reports the root of the issue: that Michael S. Sutton Ltd. was awarded a U.S. patent in 1998 entitled “enhanced one-way radio seven bit data network.” The technology is the basis of short message service, which is almost universal on cell phones these days. It allows eight-bit ASCII text to be transmitted across a seven-bit network
The complaint -- which says the world's top cellphone maker is using in its messaging applications technology patented by Sutton -- was filed in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on April 30.
"This case was previously filed against Nokia and then voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff. We will analyze the details of the new case which was filed on 30 April, 2007 and actively defend the rights of Nokia," a Nokia spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency.
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