Sendo sues Orange over Smartphone patent infringement

Sendo Ltd., a mobile phone manufacturer, has sued mobile phone carrier Orange SA over the design of a circuit board used in the Orange SPV Smartphone, Sendo said in a statement.

Last December, Birmingham, England-based Sendo sued Microsoft Corp. in a federal district court in Texas, 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 London-based 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 Corp., about the lawsuit.

Although Sendo's U.S. suit over the Smartphone developed by Microsoft and sold by Orange focused on the operating system, the suit in the U.K. High Court of Justice has zeroed in on the circuit board design. In a statement, Sendo said the Orange SPV "infringes a patent granted to Sendo relating to the design of the circuitry board within the phone."

Sendo CEO Hugh Brogan said in a statement that 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 Texas court to dismiss the other suit, which is still proceeding in pretrial arguments.

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