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    Default Apple Wins a Patent Infringement Case against WiLAN


    A Texas jury recently found Apple, the lone holdout in a patent infringement case asserted by WiLAN, to not have infringed on a wireless technology owned by the patent holdings company, ending a two-year trial. WiLAN originally brought the case against Apple and a number of other large tech firms in 2011, claiming infringement of US Patents No. RE37,802 and No. 5,282,222 relating cellular wireless technologies.

    As noted by AllThingsD, all defendants aside from Apple signed license and settlement agreements to resolve the dispute. These companies included Alcatel-Lucent, Dell, Hewlett Packard and HTC, among others. With Apple being the only company standing, WiLAN proceeded with a jury trial in the US District Court after the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler, which has a history of siding with plaintiffs in patent cases.

    Just after one week after WiLAN’s trial against Apple began on October 15, the jury found no infringement and invalidated two claims from the ‘802 patent, WiLAN was seeking $248 million in damages. WiLAN said the following in a litigation update posted to its website:

    WiLAN is disappointed with the jury's decision and is currently reviewing its options with trial counsel, McKool Smith, WiLAN does not believe previous license agreements signed related to the patents are negatively impacted by this decision.
    For those of you who didn’t know, WiLAN was founded in 1992 as a company rooted in developing and commercializing wireless technology. In 2006, after “realizing the value that its intellectual property brought to industry,” the firm transformed into a patent holdings entity and holds a large number of properties which are used in litigation against big-name companies. In 2007, WiLAN sued Apple over the use of its Wi-Fi in a certain product. The so-called “patent troll” again brought claims against Apple in 2010, claiming infringement of patented Bluetooth technology.

    All-in-all another win for Apple in the courts.

    Source: WiLAN via AllThingsD

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    “the firm transformed into a patent holdings entity and holds a large number of properties which are used in litigation against big-name companies.”

    Translation: they turned into patent trolls. Glad Apple beat them down in court.

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