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Gemalto files Android patent lawsuit in U.S.

* Lawsuit targets Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung

* Follows previous Android complaints by Apple, Oracle

* Google, Motorola, HTC, Samsung unavailable for comment

PARIS, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Chipmaker Gemalto GTO.PA said on Monday it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google GOOG.O, and handset makers Motorola MOT.N, HTC 2498.TW, and Samsung [SAGR.UL] over the Android operating system.

Amsterdam-based Gemalto's move follows previous patent suits filed by U.S. technology groups Oracle ORCL.O and Apple AAPL.O against Google's Android as it gains in popularity.

Spokespeople from Google, Motorola, HTC and Samsung were unavailable for immediate comment.

Gemalto said in a statement it filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for alleged infringement of its patented technologies in the open-source Android system and Dalvik operating environment.

The patented technologies were developed in the 1990’s at Gemalto’s research and development facilities in Texas, the statement said.

There are a number of legal disputes in the smartphone market as software companies and handset makers wrangle over who deserves compensation for technology behind new devices which go well beyond traditional mobile phones.

Apple sued HTC over its Android phones in March followed by Oracle’s complaint against Google in August. Microsoft struck an amicable licensing deal with HTC in April. [ID:nN27130435] (Reporting by Lionel Laurent; Editing by Sharon Lindores)