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Sendo Suing Microsoft Over Mobile Phone Dispute
Dec 23, 2002
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British mobile phone maker Sendo said on Monday it had filed suit in U.S. federal court against its former partner Microsoft in a dispute over intellectual property.

"Sendo believes the allegations are serious and substantial," a Sendo spokeswoman told Reuters..

Microsoft executives in Europe declined to comment on Monday. But they told Reuters. several weeks ago, when rumors emerged about a conflict between the two firms over misuse by Microsoft of proprietary information, that such allegations were without merit.

Sendo in November canceled all cooperation with Microsoft when it was just weeks away from launching a mobile phone running on Microsoft software. Microsoft is a minority shareholder in Sendo.

At the time, Sendo declined to give all the reasons for the split, saying only that it had not been given access to so-called 'source code' which would allow it to tailor the software.

It made clear there were more important reasons behind the move, but declined to give details for legal reasons. Sendo has filed the suit in Texarkana, TX, U.S.

Sendo went on to sign a contract with Microsoft rivals Symbian of Britain and Nokia of Finland, sacrificing a potential 300 million Euro revenue stream from its Microsoft-based phone. It had already signed supply deals with many mobile telecoms carriers around the world.

Had Sendo continued to work with Microsoft, it would have established the British firm as the leading partner in Microsoft's attempt to crack the mobile phone business. Reuters.

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