Microsoft Responds to Sendo Claims

In a filing this week with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Microsoft denied that it secretly plotted to "plunder" UK cellular phone maker Sendo, which sued the software giant late last year for allegedly stealing Sendo's intellectual property. Microsoft also filed a countersuit against Sendo, accusing the company of breach of contract, and asked the court for a change of venue. The Sendo lawsuit was filed in Texarkana, Texas because the company has a small US office there. Microsoft and Sendo had been working on a Smartphone design that ran Microsoft software.

"The failure of the Microsoft/Sendo Z100 Smartphone project is due solely to Sendo's many and various breaches \[of agreements\]," the filing reads. Microsoft also accused the company of misleading Microsoft about Sendo's financial condition and progress with the hardware design, while denying Sendo's claims that Microsoft had promised to help fund and market the phone and had made unauthorized disclosures of Sendo's technical information to other companies.

Sendo and Microsoft forged a partnership to create a Smartphone device, code-named Stinger, in 1999. After years of delays, however, the companies dissolved their relationship, and another Microsoft partner, High Tech Computers, debuted the first Smartphone device in the UK last October.

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