Suing 22 companies

Patent licencer Wi-LAN Inc. files 22 patent infringement suits, claiming that this many major US companies are infringing on three of its U.S. patents covering Wi-Fi wireless technology and power consumption in DSL products. “While we prefer to resolve patent infringement through business discussions,” says Jim Skippen, Wi-LAN’s chief executive, WiLan.jpg“we have consistently maintained that litigation was always a possibility when negotiations do not result in a licence within a reasonable time.” Wi-LAN asserts that the defendants infringed upon U.S. patent nos. 5,282,222, RE37,802 and 5,956,323 by making and/or selling wireless and connectivity equipment and personal notebook computers which use the intellectual property covered by the patents. The defendants include such household names as Apple, Best Buy, Broadcom, Circuit City Stores, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Sony, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. The action is underway in the jurisdiction of the eastern district of Texas, Marshall Division. Wi-LAN is being represented by McKool Smith, a leading U.S. law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation.

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