Golden Bridge Technology[NPE] filed suit against 26 defendants including Acer, Barnes & Noble, Dell, Garmin, HTC, HP, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Palm, Panasonic, Pantech, RIM, Sharp, Sony, Sony Ericsson, and T-Mobile over two patents related to 3G CDMA technology. Golden Bridge has filed a prior suit against Apple, AT&T, Motorola, Nokia and Lucent. One of the two patents in the current suit was found invalid in a decision related to the prior suit that was later affirmed on appeal. Golden Bridge also filed a previous suit under the Sherman Act alleging that members of the 3GPP standards committee (including Motorola, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Lucent) conspired to remove its technology from the standard. The suit was dismissed in summary judgment and the decision was affirmed on appeal in 2008. The two patents-in-suit are family members. The older of the two patents has been subject to two reexaminations. Golden Bridge was formed in 1995 and holds 56 issued US patents including some Golden Bridge claim cover CDMA UMTS technology. Golden Bridge’s web site indicates that it has 93 investors. A member of Morgan Stanley Ventures is on Golden Bridge’s board. GBT web site. The patents-in-suit were originally assigned to Siros Technologies. Siros filed for bankruptcy in 2002.
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