British mobile phone developer Sendo has begun legal proceedings against Orange in the UK, accusing the cellular phone operator of infringing on a patent relating to the design of a Smartphone circuit board.
The suit, initiated in the High Court of Justice in London, centers on Orange's SPV Smartphone, that Sendo claims was built using its intellectual property. Sendo is seeking damages and an injunction to restrain sales of the Smartphone.
"Sendo has created intellectual property rights within the smartphone and mobile phone area. We have been advised by our patent agents that the Orange SPV smartphone infringes on these rights," Sendo CEO, Hugh Brogan, said.
Representatives for Orange were not immediately available to comment.
Orange is not the only company Sendo has taken to court over Smartphone technology. Last December, the phone developer sued Microsoft, charging the software maker with having a "secret plan" to steal its knowledge during a partnership to get a leg up in the market for "intelligent" or "smart" phones, that incorporate a range of applications and digital technology.
Microsoft, which has come out with its own Smartphone reference design, counter-sued Sendo earlier this year, denying the claims and accusing the company of breaking a development contract.