Samsung, Sharp Sued Over Bluetooth Patents

Law360, New York (December 12, 2011, 7:36 PM EST) -- A Washington-based nonprofit slapped Samsung Electronics Co. and Sharp Corp. with lawsuits on Monday that accuse the electronics makers of selling cellphones that contain semiconductor chipsets that infringe patents related to Bluetooth communication system technology.

The Washington Research Foundation, which licenses technologies discovered at the University of Washington and other Washington research institutions, claims that Samsung and Sharp have sold call phones containing infringing semiconductor chipsets made by NXP.

The foundation is responsible for licensing a portfolio of patents issued to Edwin A. Suominen and assigned...
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