Tiny company accuses RIM, Nokia of violating patents, wants their products banned in the U.S.


Some five-employee company you’ve never heard of is bullying the US International Trade Commission in order to ban the importation of certain devices from the likes of RIM and Nokia . Why, you ask? Because this company thinks these foreigners have violated one or more of its patents. Just who is this knave? Find out, after a few words from our sponsor.

Right, so the company’s name is Saxon Innovations, and it’s based in Texas. Its main beef, as it were, is that several non-U.S. companies, ranging from Nokia to RIM to HTC, have all violated some of its patents, patents that it bought from AMD in 2007.

They are:

a patent for keypad monitor with keypad activity-based activation; a patent for an apparatus and method for disabling interrupt marks in processors or the like; and a patent for a device and method for interprocessor communication by using mailboxes owned by processor devices

My guess: this will amount to nothing. Also, apologies for the hack Harvey Birdman reference, but I’m a bit under the weather.