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Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Fight Assisted GPS Patent Infringement Claim

February 10, 2015  - By
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Three telecommunications companies are joining together to fight patent-infringement claims involving the use of assisted GPS in their mobile networks, reports ZDNET.

Telstra and Optus are Australian telecommunications and media companies, and Vodafone is based in the United Kingdom.

The claim by Australian company Voxson alleges that the mobile network operators are infringing on two patents held by Voxson since the 1990s. One patent, Vox 1, deals with how customers’ mobile phones are tracked on mobile networks, and forms the basis for the assisted GPS used by the networks to deliver location information to their customers. The other patent, Vox 2, deals with video streaming.

The lawsuit was brought against the three companies in 2013, and the allegations cover the 2G, 3G, and 4G networks of all three carriers.