STOCKHOLM (04/26/2000) - In papers filed with the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Phone.com Inc. alleges that it has not infringed upon a patent owned by Geoworks Corp., and that the patent in question anyway is invalid and has no relevance to the WAP (wireless application protocol) specification, Phone.com said in a statement issued yesterday.
Phone.com, one of the original backers of the WAP specification for mobile data access, claimed in the filing that it has not infringed upon U.S. Patent No.
5,327,529 owned by Geoworks, and requested the court to declare that the patent is "invalid and unenforceable."
The move follows recent claims by Geoworks that the '529 patent covers essential parts of the WAP specification, and that it thus has the right to ask for license fees or royalties for use of the wireless communication protocol technology. [See "WAP Standard Threatened By GeoWorks' Patent Claim," Jan. 21.]In the statement, Phone.com said that it filed the complaint in response to Geoworks' "aggressive attempt" to require companies to obtain licenses under the '529 patent.
Phone.com, in Redwood City, California, can be reached at +1-650-562-0200, or via the Web at http://www.phone.com/. Geoworks, in Alameda, California, is at +1-510-814-1660, or at http://www.geoworks.com/.