RIM Accused of Infringing Patents in BlackBerry Chips

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. was accused of infringing six patents owned by NXP Semiconductor NV for technology including ways to expand the range of data transmission.

NXP, Europe’s third-largest chipmaker, filed the complaint yesterday in U.S. federal court in Orlando, Florida. The Dutch chipmaker, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands, seeks cash compensation and a court order to block further use of its inventions.

RIM products including the BlackBerry Torch, Playbook, Curve and Bold are using the patented inventions without permission, NXP contends. The other patents cover computer bus systems, mobile phones with GPS receivers, circuit manufacturing, the polishing of the surface of wafers, and patterning of layers on the wafer.

Marisa Conway, a spokeswoman for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

NXP is the former semiconductor unit of Royal Philips Electronics NV. The company, which is working to reduce its debt, reported $4.2 billion in sales last year.

RIM fell $1.36, or 9.5 percent, to $13.01 at 4 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading, the biggest decline since Dec. 16, as investors speculated that potential acquirers are losing interest.

The case is NXP BV v. Research in Motion Ltd., 12cv498, U.S. District Court for the District in Orlando (Florida).

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