updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010
WiLAN sues three top cable companies
WiLAN, a Canadian company that, in its own words, is charged with "developing, protecting, and monetizing technology intellectual property," has filed another ambitious lawsuit, this time against cable companies Charter, Comcast and Time Warner. The Eastern District of Texas complaint claims that the three allegedly infringed patented technology through their use of cable modems. The 1998 patent covers the broadcasting of data to a number of remote networks and computers.
Previously, the company sued Motorola, UTStarcom and RIM, expanding upon the original lawsuit that included Acer, Apple, Dell, LG, Sony, Toshiba and 12 others. UTStarcom settled its part of the patent lawsuit in August.
Just last month, WiLAN also sued Alcatel-Lucent, Sony Ericsson, LG Electronics and more over the alleged infringement over wireless tech. There were similar lawsuits from WiLAN in 2008 and 2007. The Ottawa-based company claims to have developed technology but in recent years has based its business solely on lawsuits and other demands for royalties, fitting the common definition of a patent troll. [via Reuters]