T-Mobile USA hit with NFC patent suit

T-Mobile USA hit with NFC patent suit

T-Mobile USA has been slapped with a near field communications-related patent infringement lawsuit by On Track Innovations (OTI).

In a suit pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, Israel-based OTI says that the Deutsche Telekom-owned wireless operator has been selling NFC-enabled phones that infringe one of its US patents.

The company - which provides NFC-related technology to Visa and MasterCard, among others - says its technology enables contactless payments with mobile phones, loyalty programmes, data mining, and other applications.

Oded Bashan, CEO, OTI, says: "We believe in the strength and value of our intellectual property and have the resources to protect it. We are also happy to provide innovative technology and partner with others in the industry to facilitate the growing future of contactless payments, data capture, loyalty programs, and more."

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