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Fractus Sues Cell Phone Makers Over Patent Claims

May 06, 2009

(Corrects first paragraph of story originally published May 5 to eliminate reference to corporate ownership.)

Fractus SA sued Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) and other cell phone makers over claims they infringe the Spanish company’s patents.

The lawsuit, filed today in federal court in Tyler, Texas, claims Samsung, LG Electronics Inc. (066570), Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) and seven other companies infringed nine patents, according to the complaint.

“Certain mobile phones with internal antennas” and other unnamed products infringe patents of Barcelona, Spain-based Fractus through their “manufacture, use, sale, importation,” according to the suit.

Chris Goodhart, a Samsung spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment after business hours.

The case is Fractus v. Samsung, 09-00203, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (Tyler).

To contact the reporter on this story: Joel Rosenblatt in San Francisco at jrosenblatt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at drovella@bloomberg.net.


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