University of Texas Sues Phone Makers Over Text Messaging Patent

Law360, New York (March 22, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The University of Texas has filed a patent lawsuit against 14 mobile telecommunications equipment makers, claiming that they infringe a university professor’s invention that lets users type in words recognized by their handsets when they send text messages.

The lawsuit, filed this month in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, accuses Kyocera, the Sanyo North America, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, NEC USA, and others of infringement.

The complaint asks the court to declare that the patent is valid and enforceable and that it...
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