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This one is a doozy even by the standards of the runaway smartphone litigation of the past few years. A New Jersey company claims it owns 3G technology and wants the entire industry to pay up.

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This one is a doozy even by the standards of the runaway smartphone litigation of the past few years. A New Jersey company claims it owns 3G technology and wants the entire industry to pay up.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, Golden Bridge Technologies claims that devices like Apple’s iPhone and Barnes & Noble’s Nook violate a patent it received in the year 2000.

US Patent No. 6,075,793 describes a “High efficiency spread spectrum system and method.” It relates to a highly technical process involving chips that share data sequence signals across channels.

In its complaint, Golden Bridge provides a history of cell phone technology and says it contributed to essential features of the emerging 3G standards that began to be developed in the 1990’s.

Owner of a patent that forms part of a standard are typically required to license it to others on reasonable terms.

Other companies named in the suit include Research In Motion, HTC, Sony, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard.

Here’s a copy of the complaint:

Golden Bridge v. Apple Et Al

Thumbnail image courtesy of Flickr user Jacob Bøtter 

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  1. OK, this whole industry has gone screwy! Why don’t they just sue everyone who has put a button on any devise and get it over with!

  2. Sumit Bhanote Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    wow, this is insane… these Patent Trolls really started something… would really like to see how this pans out.

  3. They can’t even build a good website! More lawyers than tech people. Shame on them.

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