It seems that the technology news is plagued these days with Apple suing one company or Apple being sued by another company. Round and round it goes, where it will stop, none one knows. With this next case running up against Apple by Wi-LAN, it may not be the end for Apple's court troubles for a while.
According to AppleInsider, a company called Wi-LAN is suing Apple over two specific U.S. patents that regard wireless technology. Unfortunately, Apple is not the only company targeted by the company. The following are also part of the entire lawsuit and sued for breaking the two patents as well:
- Hewlett Packard
- Sierra Wireless
Friday is when the court hearing will begin, for Apple at least. This is not the first time that Wi-LAN and Apple have been at the stand; last year, Apple was among a hosts defendants for infringing on patents that were in relation to Bluetooth technology. Wi-LAN is known for a history of patent infringement suits on technology companies - this lawsuit is no different.
The particular patents in question are:
- U.S. Patent No. RE 37,802, Multicode direct sequence spread spectrum: This patent covers technology related to cellular standards such as CDMA and HSPA
- U.S. Patent No. 5,282,222, Method and apparatus for multiple access between transceivers in wireless communications using OFDM spread spectrum: Components such as Wi-Fi and 4G long-term evolution technology is covered in this patent.
The complaint by Wi-LAN was filed in the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. Many patent infringement lawsuits have been filed and are continually filed here in hopes that the outcome for the plaintiff will be positive.