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SiRF sues over mobile location patents

SiRF Technology, a leading provider of GPS-enabled location technology, is suing Global Locate and its US distributor Innovation Sales for alleged patent infringements.

SiRF's complaint alleges infringement by Global Locate and its distributor of four of SiRF's GPS technology patents:  US patent numbers 7,091,904; 7,043,363; 6,850,557 and 6,636,178. 

SiRF is seeking damages and an injunction to prevent further infringement.

“Today's suit reflects our determination to protect our intellectual property,” said Nicolas Gikkas, chief intellectual property counsel at SiRF. 

“SiRF intends to ensure that its intellectual property, which covers GPS components and systems, among other things, is respected and is used only by those authorised to do so,” he said.

Global Locate and its distributor have so far not responded to the lawsuit.

SiRF Technology develops and markets semiconductor and software products that are designed to enable location-awareness using GPS and other location technologies. The technology has been integrated into mobile devices such as car navigation systems, mobile phones and PDAs.

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