Chip maker NXP Semiconductors has accused BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) of infringing its patents relating to design and data transmission adding to the company's ongoing woes.
The company has filed the complaint in a Florida court, arguing that RIM's BlackBerry and PlayBook devices infringe six patents issued to it between 1997 and 2008.
NXP said in the filing that RIM knowingly infringed its patents in some of its highest profile devices including the BlackBerry Torch, Curve and Bold, as well as its PlayBook.
The chip maker said it did not yet know the full extent of the damages it has been caused as a result of the alleged patent abuse but is seeking “recovery of damages at least for lost profits, reasonable royalties”.
The NXP spokesman handling media requests could not be reached for further comment at the time of writing.
RIM declined to comment, on the basis that it does not speak publicly about litigation.
The law suit comes as the embattled smartphone maker had recently posted calamitous financial results, which saw it record losses of $125m in its last financial quarter.
Those results were accompanied by a boardroom clear out, which saw the departure of former co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, chief technology officer, David Yach and Jim Rowan, the chief operating officer.
RIM was also forced to beat a hasty retreat after analysts took comments from chief executive Thorsten Heins to mean the company was abandoning its consumer offerings. RIM subsequently issued a statement reiterating its commitment to consumers.
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