Mobile phone manufacturer Sendo, has sued mobile phone carrier Orange over the design of a circuit board used in the Orange SPV Smartphone.
Last December, Sendo sued Microsoft alleging that Microsoft used a partnership between the two companies to develop a smart phone and "plunder" Sendo's intellectual property. The Smartphone uses a Microsoft operating system.
Stuart Jackson, a spokesman for Orange, denied that his company violated any of Sendo's intellectual property rights. Jackson said Orange had contacted the designer of the circuit board in the Orange SPV, Taiwan-based High Tech Computer, about the lawsuit.
Although Sendo's US suit over the Smartphone developed by Microsoft and sold by Orange focused on the operating system, the lawsuit has zeroed in on the circuit board design.
Sendo said the Orange SPV "infringes a patent granted to Sendo relating to the design of the circuitry board within the phone".
Sendo chief executive officer Hugh Brogan said the company has patent rights covering the phone's design, and after trying to resolve the issue in "an amicable manner," had decided to go to court to restrain the sale of the Orange SPV.
Microsoft has asked the court to dismiss the other suit, which is still proceeding in pretrial arguments.
Bob Brewin writes for ComputerWorld