Openwave Files Complaint Against Apple, RIM

Openwave Systems Inc., a leading name in the mobile software industry has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion, accusing both tech giants of infringing some of its patents.

The lawsuit appealed to the court to impose a ban on the imports of both the iPhone, and BlackBerry maker’s phones and tablet devices to the United States.

According to the company, a number of products in offering from both the companies including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, BlackBerry Curve and PlayBook violate five patents involving the technologies all these devices use to connect to the Web.

Openwave lodged the complaints separately in the US International Trade Commission in Washington, as well as in federal court in Wilmington.

“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 telephone interview, Bloomberg News reports.

He also added that the technologies in question are “foundational to the mobile Internet and we believe it is only right we get paid for the use of our foundational technology.”

Provided the complainant succeeds in convincing the ITC to open a case on the matter, the hearing is likely to be done with within 15 to 18 months.