Microsoft and Sendo Settle Smartphone Lawsuit

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Microsoft and Sendo have agreed to settle a lawsuit related to the production of devices using Microsoft’s operating system for Smartphones.

When Microsoft officially debuted Smartphone 2002 in late 2002, Sendo was one of two mobile phone manufacturers who was on the stage to demonstrate its Z100, which would be using the new operating system. Then, in a move that sent a shockwave through the industry, Sendo announced that it was dropping all plans to ever use Smartphone 2002 or release the Z100, only weeks before it was scheduled to be available.

Sendo filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in U.S. federal court. The suit alleged that several features Sendo developed for the Z100 showed up in other phones running Smartphone 2002, including the Orange SPV.

Now, Microsoft and Sendo have jointly announced that a settlement has been reached. Although the terms of the settlement are confidential, Microsoft will give up all its shares of Sendo.

In reaching this settlement, both companies deny any and all liability. The terms of the settlement are otherwise confidential.

Robert Pocknell, Sendo’s Group General Counsel, stated that the settlement reinforces Sendo’s commitment to the protection of its intellectual property. “With this action behind us, the company can now focus on its future development and growth.”

Moving On

After dropping Microsoft, Sendo licensed Nokia’s Series 60 software for Symbian.

In June, its first multimedia smartphone, the Sendo X, began shipping to several European countries.

Thanks to eWeek for the tip.

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