Openwave Files Suit Against Apple, RIM Over Alleged Mobile Patent Infringement

Openwave Systems claims Apple and Research in Motion are in violation of the company’s intellectual property. And a lawsuit has been filed to right what Openwave claims to be an inexcusable wrong.

Openwave has filed complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in federal court in Delaware. The company maintains that both Apple and RIM have mutually infringed upon five of its patents, each of which pertains to how mobile devices connect to the web.

Among other damages being sought, Bloomberg confirms, Openwave is requesting a ban on all imports of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Openwave, which reported $38.9 million in revenue in the fiscal quarter ended in March, said it took action after failing to “receive a substantive response” to requests for a licensing deal with Apple and RIM. The ITC can block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, and a favorable decision “will lead the companies to negotiate licensing agreements,” Redwood City, California-based Openwave said in a statement.

“There are people in the world who deliver products into the market that are leveraging our patented technology,” Openwave Chief Executive Officer Ken Denman said in a statement released to the media. The inventions are “foundational to the mobile Internet and we believe it’s only right we get paid for the use of our foundational technology.”