∞ Apple, 31 other companies sued for patent infringement

H-W Technology on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Apple, Nokia, Motorola, RIM and 28 other companies for infringing on one of its patents.

[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Filed in the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, the lawsuit claims the 32 companies infringe on the ‘955 Patent, entitled “Internet Protocol (IP) Phone with Search and Advertising Capability.” The patent was awarded to H-W Technology in April 2009.

The patent describes “A software platform in an Internet Protocol (IP) phone having the ability to be used with different communication infrastructures such as broadband, wireless communication and Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) service. Further, the software platform in the IP phone has the ability to be used with different applications operating on the IP phone. Further, the IP phone has the ability to perform additional functionality than traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phones, such as searches and advertising, given its ability to converge voice and data within a single terminal.”

H-W Technology is claiming in its lawsuit that the patent also covers smartphones.

In addition to Apple, Nokia, Motorola and RIM, other companies sued by H-W Technology include Amazon, LG, eBay, Hotels.com, Google, Priceline, Expedia, Buy.com, Samsung, Microsoft, Verizon and others.

H-W Technology is asking the court for a permanent injunction against the companies, cash damages, and enhanced damages for knowingly infringing on the patent.