On the firing line of this lawsuit are Acer, DELL, HP, Intel and many other OEMs, as well as leading manufacturers of Bluetooth-related products and hardware.
In what seems to be one of the biggest cases over software patents, a company known as WiLan is accusing major OEMs and countless other manufacturers of infringing its patents relating to Bluetooth technology.
The complete list of companies who are involved in are Acer, Apple, Atheros Communications, Belkin International, Broadcom Corp., Dell, D-Link Corp., Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corp., Lenovo Group, LG Electronics, Marvell Semiconductor, Motorola, Personal Communications Devices, Sony Corp., Texas Instruments, Toshiba Corp. and UTStarcom.
A quick search on WiLan revealed that the Canadian-based company was set up to “commercialize technology inventions that made low-cost, high-speed wireless networking a reality”, and in 2006, shifted its focus to “developing, protecting and monetizing patented inventions”. The company currently boasts a portfolio of over 800 patented inventions which it claims is obtained by a combination of “internal research, technological acquisitions and licensing partnerships”, and more than 220 companies which are currently licensing WiLan intellectual property.
The patent which WiLan is bringing against the companies mentioned earlier is Patent No. 5,515369, which it claims has been infringed by the manufacture and sale of various Bluetooth-enabled products like mobile phones and laptops, where Bluetooth connectivity is a common feature.
None of the companies identified by WiLan has made an official response to the accusation, so we’ll probably just have to wait and see how this lawsuit will play out.
Source: X-bit labs