updated 12:15 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2007
Apple sued over Bluetooth
Apple and seven other tech companies were added to a lawsuit filed over Bluetooth patents, potentially threatening the company's use of the technology in its products. The Washington Research Foundation -- which filed suit against Matsushita Electric Industrial, Nokia Oyj, and Samsung Electronics in December over Bluetooth technology in a federal court -- has added Apple, Dell, Logitech International, Motorola, Plantronics, Sony, and Toshiba as defendants in the case, according to Bloomberg. The companies are accused of infringing on four patents that describe data exchange between mobile phones, personal computers, and other devices without cables. Apple has built Bluetooth functionality into its Mac OS X operating system, and allows customers to configure Macs with Bluetooth hardware.