updated 09:45 am EDT, Thu April 8, 2010
Wi-LAN still trying to use lawsuits as business
Wi-LAN on Thursday continued its practices of using lawsuits in place of business by filing a new complaint against a large portion of the technology industry. The suit alleges that major electronics manufacturers, including Acer, Apple, Dell, LG, Sony, Toshiba and 12 other distinct companies, are violating a patent relating to Bluetooth use. Their cellphones, computers and network devices all copy the technology, the Canadian-based accuser said.
The company will be represented by McKool Smith, a law firm known for winning lawsuits against Microsoft filed by i4i and VirnetX. Wi-LAN's suit was also filed in the Marshall Divsion of the Eastern District of Texas, an area often considered infamous for siding with plaintiffs in patent disputes.
Wi-LAN once focused on implementing wireless technology but is known to have given this up once normal business failed. It has since reverted solely to basing business on patent lawsuits, becoming what many have called a "patent troll" that tries to extract royalties and settlements rather than offer a product of its own. It had sued many of these companies in 2008 over different patents and has notably always targeted large firms.