Apple, Palm, RIM under fire in GSM patent lawsuit

lawsuit gavelIt’s been some time since we’ve heard of any major lawsuits stemming from questionable patent holdings in the mobile space. We’ve almost lost faith in shady patent holding companies looking to make a quick buck from whatever vague patents they may or may not have.

The latest patent lawsuit involves none other than the famous smartphone trio of Apple, RIM, and Palm. WiAV Solutions, a patent holding firm, filed its lawsuit in Virginia last month. The suit names Apple, Palm and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) for violating ten patents that WiAV either owns or licenses from Mindspeed.

The 23-page complaint details WiAV’s right to patents regarding GSM technology and Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) voice-compression technology.  And, as with all lawsuits standing on the kind of shaky ground beneath this particular suit, WiAV’s claim generically applies to various aspects of cellular communication – from voice-detection to power management.

Interestingly, WiAV only owns the rights to two of the ten patents in question here. The remaining eight patents are actually licensed to WiAV from partner Mindspeed, who has been involuntarily dragged in to this lawsuit.

We’ll keep a close eye on this one folks.

[Via: AppleInsider]

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