What happens when you start a business using your phone and get sued?
Recode by Mike Judge, Steve Kovach and Ben Smith: The company sued a Texas tech startup that it claims was building a new type of wearable device for people with cancer.
Recode has learned of the suit filed in Texas District Court in Austin by a technology company called Inktomi, Inc. It says it’s suing because it believes the company violated a Texas law that bans people from selling products without permission.
“It’s not clear if Inktumis device violates the law, but we’re not ruling it out,” the company wrote in a letter to the judge.
Inktimi says it has a patent on a wearable device that can track and respond to data.
Recoding the lawsuit for Recode: The lawsuit is one of the first major legal challenges to a new wave of wearable devices that could revolutionize how health care workers interact with their patients.
The suit alleges that Inktumei “used the term ‘smart watch’ without the trademark.”
The company says it will “vigorously defend itself” against the suit, according to a copy of the letter sent to Recode.
The lawsuit accuses Inktumpi of making false claims, including claiming to be able to diagnose and treat cancer.
The company also claims the company did not comply with the Texas law, which prohibits people from using products that contain a “device which provides a service that could be used by a patient to interact with or read a medical record.”
Inktumenis lawsuit is just the latest case to raise privacy concerns about new technology companies trying to expand beyond the health care industry.
Last month, Google launched an app called Google Glass for people who don’t wear glasses.
The app allows users to make and receive voice and video calls without glasses, and it includes a microphone that can be attached to the wearer’s face.
In recent months, companies have been testing products that use wearable devices to record audio and video.
In the new case, the company claims that Inkumpi has made false statements about the nature of its device.
“Inktumi has not disclosed to Inktomis competitors, investors or potential customers that it is developing wearable devices using its patented technology,” the lawsuit states.
In an interview with Recode, a spokesperson for Inktomei says the company is “trying to protect its trademark” against Inktumi.
Recoded reached out to Inkumis representative for comment.
We asked Inktamis spokesperson to clarify what the company said about its patent, but did not hear back.
We also reached out again to Google for comment, and reached out also to InKumis legal counsel.
Inkumenis lawyer, Matt Reichert, told Recode that he was “very surprised” that the company would sue Inktumnis, given that it has an “open and open” patent on the technology.
“They were very vague in what they were alleging,” Reichers attorney said.
Reiches company, Glimmer Technology, was founded in 2014 by Reichems son, Scott Reicherems.
In a statement to Recoding, Inkumei says that it “expects the court to consider the patents it has issued against other defendants and other patents it believes it has asserted against others.”
The statement goes on to say that “the claims made by Inktimis and others are without merit.”
Reicheres statement did not address Recode’s questions about whether Inktemis device was infringing On March 30, the Houston Chronicle reported that Inkyumis patent is “exclusively for the development of wearable electronic devices.”
Inkamis attorney, Matt DeLuca, told the Houston Post that Inkinis claims that it developed the device are “not accurate and misleading.”
Reisheres statement did address the allegations that Inkkumis claims it developed its wearable device and that its device has no patent.
“As we’ve previously stated, Inktums device is not an electronic device,” Reisheit wrote.
“Rather, it is a device to which the term electronic refers to a device that is a computer program, as opposed to an electronic product.”
Reisfheres attorneys statement says that Inks devices device does not include an electronic component.
“The Inktuis device is a wireless communications device,” he said.
“For example, the Inktuity is not a computer or a wireless communication device.
It is a wired communications device.”
Reiheres lawyer also said that the Inkuity does not have a patent for “wireless communications.”
“This is an important distinction because the wireless communication market is still in its infancy,” Reisfheit said.
The court document also mentions that the patent is for “a wireless communication and data communication device.”
But it goes on, “In order to obtain a wireless or wireless communication service, the owner of the wireless or Wireless communication device must make a wireless telephone call, send