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NBA Is Latest Target In Text Message Patent Feud

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 7:58 PM EST) -- Helferich Patent Licensing LLC added the National Basketball Association to an expanding list of litigants Tuesday, suing the league for infringement of three mobile alert technology patents.

The suit brought by HPL follows on the heels of complaints by the Illinois-based patent-holding company against Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and the Arizona Republic newspaper and its publisher, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., over the same patents.

The complaint accuses the NBA and co-defendant NBA Properties Inc. — the league's licensing and marketing arm — of repeatedly infringing the patents by sending alerts through text and social media messages with embedded content, such as links...

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