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 maker.
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 technology.
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 patent.
"RIM will vigorously defend itself against patent infringement," a spokeswoman for RIM said.
is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and preliminary and
permanent injunctions to block RIM from infringing its patent.
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 Electronics Inc.
company accused LG of infringing a patent for V-chip technology, which
lets parents block television content they consider inappropriate.
"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.
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