Updated 24 May, 2013, 7:53 pm IST
A Dutch semiconductor company said on Tuesday it had filed a patent infringement suit against Research In Motion Ltd, adding to the BlackBerry maker's troubles and sending its shares tumbling. An affiliate of NXP Semiconductors NV alleges that versions of RIM's BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed on patents issued to it between 1997 and 2008. The patents in question relate to design, data transmission and other features of the devices.
A RIM spokeswoman declined to comment on Tuesday, citing the Canadian company's policy of not discussing litigation. Litigation has become a major weapon in a global patent war being waged among makers of mobile phones, tablet computers and their operating software in a market worth billions of dollars. Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and numerous hardware companies using Google's Android software are locked in court battles over patents aimed at extracting licensing fees from their rivals.
Tags: Research In Motion Ltd , Research In Motion Sued , RIM Sued , Patent Infringement , NXP Semiconductors , NXP sues RIM , RIM Lawsuit , Patents , BlackBerry smartphones , BlackBerry PlayBook , Tablet
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