Fuggedaboutit: New Jersey firm claims patent on 3G, sues Apple, Samsung

This one is a doozy even by the standards of the runaway smartphone litigation of the past few years. A New Jersey company claims it owns 3G technology and wants the entire industry to pay up.

In a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, Golden Bridge Technologies claims that devices like Apple’s (s aapl) iPhone and Barnes & Noble’s Nook violate a patent it received in the year 2000.

US Patent No. 6,075,793 describes a “High efficiency spread spectrum system and method.” It relates to a highly technical process involving chips that share data sequence signals across channels.

In its complaint, Golden Bridge provides a history of cell phone technology and says it contributed to essential features of the emerging 3G standards that began to be developed in the 1990’s.

Owner of a patent that forms part of a standard are typically required to license it to others on reasonable terms.

Other companies named in the suit include Research In Motion, HTC, Sony, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard.

Here’s a copy of the complaint:

Golden Bridge v. Apple Et Al

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