Unwired Planet, Inc. (NASDAQ: UPIP), through its Nevada-based subsidiary, Unwired Planet LLC, today announced it has filed patent infringement complaints against Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The suits were filed by Unwired Planet to protect its intellectual property (IP) licensing business.
In two separate complaints filed in Reno, Nevada, Unwired Planet charges Apple with infringing 10 of its patents, and charges Google with infringing 10 different patents. Together, the two cases charge infringement of a total of 20 patents related to smart mobile devices, cloud computing, digital content stores, push notification technologies and location-based services such as mapping and advertising.
“Today’s actions follow a careful review that we launched in late 2011 as we began to transform Unwired Planet into an Intellectual Property company,” said Mike Mulica, CEO of Unwired Planet. “This litigation marks a key step in our multi-pronged strategy to maximize shareholder value through the licensing of our robust portfolio of patents and to protect our IP through litigation against unlicensed parties as necessary.”
“Apple and Google generate substantial revenues from devices and services that rely on the intellectual property that Unwired Planet developed and patented over the last 15 years. They should compensate us for the use of our patented technologies, which are foundational to mobility,” Mulica said. “As we have recently announced, we are relocating our operations to Nevada, a business-friendly, cost-effective and convenient location. Nevada has been chosen as one of 14 districts across the United States as a pilot patent district and it has developed specialized procedures to handle complex patent cases. As a result, we believe the Nevada district will be an ideal venue to resolve this matter with efficiency and expertise.”
Unwired Planet, founded in 1994, has been at the forefront of the mobile internet since the mid-1990s. It was one of the founders of the Wireless Application Protocol alliance, and has invented and patented technologies at the forefront of mobile communications. The company has been awarded approximately 200 U.S. and foreign patents and has approximately 75 pending applications. This IP encompasses some of the basic technologies that have enabled the deployment of mobile Internet browsing, the creation of the first technology that enabled photo messaging, and the launch of the world’s first Wireless Access Protocol (WAP), among many other innovations.