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Immersion Files U.S. Patent Complaint Against Motorola Mobility

Immersion Corp., (IMMR) a maker of touch- related software, filed a patent-infringement complaint against Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI)in an attempt to block U.S. imports of the company’s mobile phones.

Motorola Mobility phones that run on Google Inc.’s Android operating system infringe six Immersion patents, according to the complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, which has the power to halt imports of products that violate U.S. patents. Immersion filed a similar civil suit in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware.

Motorola Mobility, which is being bought by Google, has refused to pay patent-licensing fees “despite good faith efforts,” Immersion Chief Executive Officer Victor Viegas said in a statement.

“Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain compensation for the unauthorized use of our patents,” Viegas said. “Our preference has always been to negotiate a fair and reasonable agreement, and we remain open to negotiations.”

The case is In the Matter of Mobile Devices Incorporating Haptics, Complaint No. 2875, U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington).

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net

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