Openwave Sues Apple, RIM Over Mobile Internet Access
The Openwave complaints specifically allege that Apple and RIM infringe upon five Openwave patents.Software developer Openwave filed complaints against Apple and Research In Motion in order to protect its intellectual property on how mobile devices connect to the Internet. The complaint, filed with the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., requests that the ITC bar the import of smartphones and tablet computers that infringe Openwave patents, including Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2 and RIM's BlackBerry Curve 9330 and BlackBerry PlayBook. Openwave also filed a similar complaint in federal district court in Delaware. Openwave alleges that Apple and RIM infringe upon five Openwave patents. These patents cover technology that gives consumers access to the Internet from their mobile devices, including Openwave's 212 patent that generally allows a user to use email applications on a mobile device when the network is unavailable-for example, when a user is on an airplane and the 409 patent that generally allows the mobile device to operate seamlessly, and securely, with a server over a wireless network.
"Openwave invented technologies that became foundational to the mobile Internet. We believe that these large companies should pay us for the use of our technologies, particularly in light of the substantial revenue these companies have earned from devices that use our intellectual property," said Ken Denman, CEO of Openwave. "Before filing these complaints, we approached both of these companies numerous times in an attempt to negotiate a license of our technology with them and did not receive a substantive response."