French group Gemalto files patent infingement suit in US

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French digital security group Gemalto said Monday it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States against Google, HTC, Motorola and Samsung on grounds they had used Gemalto innovations in the Android operating system.

Gemalto said the technologies in question had been developed in the 1990s at its research facilities in Texas, where the lawsuit has been filed in federal court.

"This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation," a Gemalto spokesman said in a statement.

"The technologies we develop and associated intellectual property rights are essential to Gemalto's future."

Smart-phones running on the Google-developed Android system have dominated US sales in the last six months, eclipsing Research in Motion's Blackberry device and Apple's iPhone, according to a recent study by the Nielsen Institute.

The marketing firm Gartner last month estimated that Android, launched in late 2008, would this year become the second most-widely used system in mobile telephones the world over.

Android's market share is forecast by Gartner to hit 17.7 percent this year from 3.9 percent in 2009.

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