T-Mobile Hit With NFC-Related Patent Lawsuit
On Track Innovations today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile USA, alleging that T-Mobile sells NFC-equipped smartphones that violate OTI's patents. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. NFC technology lets phone owners make contactless payments as well as other applications. OTI didn't say if it was seeking damages or a licensing agreement. The company indicated that it is prepared to flex its intellectual property muscle to generate income for itself.
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