Dec 11 Patent licensing company Wi-Lan Inc
said it has filed a lawsuit against BlackBerry maker
Research In Motion Ltd for infringing a patent
that relates to Bluetooth technology.
Ottawa-based Wi-Lan said it filed in the U.S. District Court
for the Southern District of Florida against the BlackBerry
Wi-Lan, which has licensed its intellectual property to more
than 255 companies worldwide, alleged that RIM infringed its
U.S. Patent No. 6,260,168 related to Bluetooth technologies.
Wi-Lan has launched a string of patent lawsuits, including
one last week against Apple Inc, HTC Corp and
Sierra Wireless Inc's U.S. unit over LTE mobile
In its filing, Wi-Lan alleges that RIM's PlayBook tablet and
a wide range of its smartphones, including the Bold, Torch,
Pearl and Storm, utilize technology that infringes on its
"RIM will vigorously defend itself against patent
infringement," a spokeswoman for RIM said.
Wi-Lan is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and
preliminary and permanent injunctions to block RIM from
infringing its patent.
Wi-Lan also said on Tuesday that the United States Court of
Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a lower court's
dismissal of a patent infringement lawsuit in March against LG
The company accused LG of infringing a patent for V-chip
technology, which lets parents block television content they
"Wi-Lan is surprised and disappointed by this decision.
Wi-Lan is reviewing its options with counsel," the company said.
Shares of Wi-Lan were down 6 percent at C$4.53 in
late-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.