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Gabriel Tech Hits Qualcomm With Patent Litigation

Gabriel said there are public safety overtones to the mobile GPS patents cited in its lawsuit against Qualcomm.

Qualcomm Inc. is the subject of a new lawsuit over patents involved with mobile GPS. Gabriel Technologies reported this week that it filed the case against Qualcomm in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego Division.

Stating that it filed the case on behalf of Gabriel Technologies and Gabriel's Trace Technologies subsidiary, Gabriel said the issues at stake in the litigation date back to Qualcomm's purchase of SnapTrack in 2000 for $1 billion in stock.

The case illustrates the growing complexity over mobile wireless intellectual property rights. Qualcomm had cited a SnapTrack patent in its long-running patent litigation with Nokia that was settled last summer. Qualcomm had charged Nokia with infringing on its patents in that case.

Qualcomm had no immediate comment on the new Gabriel filing.

In its announcement of the filing against Qualcomm, Gabriel noted that the filing was "strongly worded."

"We look forward to providing the court with evidence of Qualcomm's wrongdoing in this case," said Ronald E. Gilum Jr., president of Gabriel Technologies.

Gabriel said the "assisted GPS" IP cited in the litigation involves "significant refinements and enhancements" to the technology, which it said can be integrated into mobile devices to deliver wireless features like driving directions and nearby restaurant and bank identification. Gabriel added that there are public safety overtones to the patents in question, because the technology can be useful in tracking individuals and assets. Gabriel said Qualcomm obtained more than 90 patents in the SnapTrack acquisition.

Located in Nebraska, Gabriel describes its self as a homeland security company focused on asset tracking and physical security for the transportation ad shipping industries.

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