Feeds

Wi-Lan loses 3GPP patent suit

Ericsson, Alcal-Lu, HTC and Sony didn't infringe

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Wi-Lan seems a step closer to having to wear the tag “patent troll”, with an East Texas federal jury tossing out its patent suit against Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, HTC and Sony.

The patents at issue had been acquired from Airspan Networks. They included techniques such as channel pooling, subscriber terminals (mobile phones), and TDM techniques, encoders and decoders.

US patent 6,008,326, 6,222,819 and 6,318,211 all covered wireless data processing, while 6,195,327 covers interference control.

Wi-Lan had asserted that products implementing 3GPP standards infringed these patents, and began its litigation based on the patents in 2010. LG, also named in the original suit, settled in favour of paying royalties to Wi-Lan, but the other four companies decided to fight it out.

As Bloomberg notes, this is the first time Wi-Lan's patent suits have been brought to trial, and the result includes invalidation of three of the four patents.

HTC says it believes “Wi-Lan has exaggerated the scope of its patent in order to extract unwarranted licensing royalties from entities who have been focused on bringing innovation forward in their own products”, while Alcatel-Lucent spokesperson Kurt Steinert told Bloomberg the result “validates our belief that Wi-Lan was stretching the boundaries of its patents”.

However, the Financial Post reports that with a $US170-million war chest and other patent trials in the pipeline, Wi-Lan will survive even though it quotes Cantor Fitzgerald lawyer Justin Kew called the outcome a “worst case scenario” for the company. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd
There's an Atom-powered offering, too
Gartner: To the right, to the right – biz sync firms who've won in a box to the right...
Magic quadrant: Top marks for, er, completeness of vision, EMC
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.