January 4, 2007

U.S. group sues Nokia, Samsung over Bluetooth

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A U.S. research institute has sued Nokia (NOK1V.HE: Quote, Profile , Research), Samsung Electronics (005930.KS: Quote, Profile , Research) and Matsushita-owned (6752.T: Quote, NEWS , Research) Panasonic for violating a patent for Bluetooth technology, potentially putting the free wireless standard at risk.

The Washington Research Foundation, which markets technology from the University of Washington, is seeking damages from the three mobile-phone makers for using a radio frequency receiver technology without paying royalties, according to court papers obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

A University of Washington scientist Edwin Suominen was awarded a patent in 1999 for "simplified high-frequency broadband tuner and tuning method".

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