T â€“ Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile USA and Helio have been sued by Intellect Wireless Inc. for patent infringement. The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The Texas based company, Intellect Wireless, has accused the companies for infringing wireless image messaging patents. The three patents in question are â€œPicture Phone with Caller IDâ€ â€œMethod and Apparatus for Improved Paging Receiver and Systemâ€ which were issued in 2007. The founder of Intellect Wireless, Daniel Henderson, is the sole inventor of the patents at hand.Â Â
Via RCR Wireless
5 responses to “Four U.S. Carriers Sued over Patent Infringement”
Anyone find it interesting that they didn’t bother to sue any of the top three wireless companies? Maybe they chose those with smaller legal teams hoping they would rather settle than go to court. Any thoughts?
Excellent and insightful point, Brandon, and I bet you’re right!
I know. That’s what I thought as well when I came across the news.
I bet that they wont hold up at all. I didn’t think that you could patent publicly availiable knowlage. Like “Picture phone with caller ID.” I bet they are just seeing how this works out with the smaller carriers just to see if they have a shot at hitting the big 4.
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