Wi-Lan sues RIM over Bluetooth patent infringement

Wi-Lan sues RIM over Bluetooth patent infringement

Summary: Patent licensing company has filed a suit in the U.S. against the Canadian phonemaker for violating one of its patents.


Wi-Lan is targeting BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) in its latest patent suit, alleging the latter had infringed on one of its patents relating to Bluetooth technology.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the patent licensing company said it had filed suit in the Southern District of Florida accusing RIM of infringing U.S. Patent No. 6,260,168 which is pertaining to Bluetooth technologies.

A separate Reuters report Tuesday added that in Wi-Lan's filing, RIM's PlayBook tablet and a wide range of its smartphones, including the Bold, Torch, Pearl and Storm, were identified as products that had utilized technology infringing on the former's patent.

The patent licensing company is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and preliminary and permanent injunctions to block RIM from infringing its patent, it noted.

In response, a RIM spokesperson told Reuters: "RIM will vigorously defend itself against patent infringement."

Wi-Lan on Tuesday also confirmed the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had dismissed its suit againt South Korean giant LG Electronics for infringing its patent for V-chip technology.

This tech allows parents to block TV content they consider inappropriate, Reuters noted.

"Wi-Lan is surprised and disappointed by this decision. Wi-Lan is reviewing its options with counsel," the company said.

Topics: Patents, Legal, BlackBerry

Kevin Kwang

About Kevin Kwang

A Singapore-based freelance IT writer, Kevin made the move from custom publishing focusing on travel and lifestyle to the ever-changing, jargon-filled world of IT and biz tech reporting, and considered this somewhat a leap of faith. Since then, he has covered a myriad of beats including security, mobile communications, and cloud computing.

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