April 9, 2010

WiLAN Sues 20 Pinnacle Technology Companies

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

The company filed suit on Wednesday against the 20 U.S. and Asian companies in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas.

The Ottawa-based WiLAN has accused the companies of violating a patent it holds on Bluetooth technology, which is a wireless communications system that allows users to have hands-free calling.

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

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

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


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