SAN FRANCISCOóNXP Semiconductors NV confirmed Monday (April 2) that it filed a patent infringment complaint against Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) in U.S. federal court in Florida.
The suit alleges that Blackberry maker RIM infringes on six U.S. patents held by NXP (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), including technology for expanding the range of data transmission, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
The suit was filed in U.S. federal court in Orlando, Fla., according to the report. NXP is seeking cash compensation and a court order to block further use of its inventions, according to the report.
Sander Arts, vice president of marketing and communications at NXP, said in an email exchange that NXP initiated licensing discussions with RIM over the technologies at issue, but that the discussions resulted in NXP feeling the need to pursue the matter via the courts.
"NXP sued RIM in the Middle District of Florida on six patents, covering various aspects of RIMís mobile phones including Wi-Fi technology, GPS integration, internal communications buses, and the manner in which the chips incorporated into RIMís phones are manufactured," Arts said. "NXP looks forward to proving its allegations in court."
In addition to technology expanding the range of data transmission, NXP alleges that RIM is infringing its patents covering computer bus systems, mobile phones with GPS receivers, circuit manufacturing, the polishing of the surface of wafers and patterning of layers on a wafer, according to the Bloomberg report.