University of Washington Licensing Entity Sues Samsung and Sharp

December 13, 2011

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) [UNI/NPE], the licensing arm of the University of Washington, filed two separate suits against Samsung and Sharp, alleging that the defendants’ cellular phones that contain third party chipsets from NXP infringe four patents related to radio frequency receiver technology using a low intermediate frequency (Bluetooth technology).  WRF has filed six prior suits since December 2006 against over 20 defendants including Apple, Dell, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sony, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.  According to the complaint, WRF has reached license agreements regarding the patents-in-suit with over a dozen companies including Broadcom, CSR, Ericsson AB, Infineon, Marvell, Silicon Laboratories, and Toshiba.  Edwin A. Suominen is the named inventor on the patents-in-suit, which were assigned to the University of Washington in September 1996.  12/12, Western District of Washington, 2:2011cv02079; 2:2011cv02080.

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