Canadian firm sues 20 top tech firms for patent infringement

Apr 08, 2010
Canadian company WiLAN said Thursday that it has filed suit against Acer, Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Sony, Toshiba and 14 other top technology firms, accusing them of patent infringement.

A Canadian company said Thursday that it has filed suit against Acer, Apple, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Sony, Toshiba and 14 other top technology firms, accusing them of patent infringement.

Ottawa-based WiLAN Inc., which describes itself as a technology innovation and licensing company, filed the suit on Wednesday against the 20 US and Asian companies in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

WiLAN accuses them of violating a patent its holds on Bluetooth technology, a wireless communications system that allows for hands-free calling among other uses.

The firms named in the lawsuit are Acer, Apple, Atheros, Belkin, Broadcom, D-Link, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, , , Marvell Semiconductor, Motorola, Personal Communications Devices, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and UTStarcom.

They were accused of making personal computers, mobile phones or other devices that allegedly infringe on a Bluetooth patent held by WiLAN since 1996.

WiLAN, which claims a portfolio of 800 patents and has filed a number of infringement lawsuits in the past against leading technology firms, is asking for unspecified damages.

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zaai
Apr 08, 2010
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holoman
3 / 5 (6) Apr 08, 2010
Funny, everytime an inventor wants to protect their
IP I see the same troll comments.

I think protecting patents from crooks who steal
is necessary. The courts will decide this one.

The pie is the prize and patents legally protect
those intelligent enough to pursue protection.
abhishekbt
4 / 5 (2) Apr 08, 2010
Who knows whats the deal here? The company sure has enough guts though.

The 20 biggies its fighting would have an army of lawyers who, in total, are probably being payed more than twice the yearly turnover of WiLan.

Let's get some popcorn and wait for the fireworks!
Sanescience
5 / 5 (4) Apr 08, 2010
Patents are great when properly awarded. But now their awarded for so many ridiculously basic or obvious things that they just get abused for blackmailing and lawyer enrichment.
COCO
not rated yet Apr 09, 2010
another nuisance suit - they probably just want enough money to go someplace warm.
gmurphy
5 / 5 (2) Apr 09, 2010
"a technology innovation and licensing company" = patent troll, patent laws should be changed to penalise those who do not actively develop their patents into products, seems fair, no?