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Patent Troll Sues Over Emoticons in Mobile Phones

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A patent holding company, Varia Holdings LLC has sued both Samsung and Research in Motion for infringing its patents for typing an emoticon such as an ( in a mobile phone.

The patent, number 7,167,731, which was issued in January 2007, covers the technology for inserting smiling faces, and similar into messages sent from mobile devices.

The lawsuit claims that various phones sold by the two defendants contain an option where the user can click a button and that brings up a menu listing various emoticons that can be inserted into a message.

Although the patent was issued in Jan 2007, it wasn't the first attempt to cover a patent for inserting an emoticon into a mobile phone - as this earlier attempt by Cingular Wireless shows.

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