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October 10, 2013

Blackberry, Wi-Lan settle all pending patent proceedings

Blackberry was alleged of infringing Wi-Lan’s patent in its PlayBook tablet and a range of smartphones.

By CBR Staff Writer

Patent licensing firm Wi-Lan has signed a deal with struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry to dismiss all pending patent litigation between both the firms.

The latest agreement offers BlackBerry with license to use some of Wi-Lan’s patents that are the subject of the lawsuit in Florida.

Financial details of the deal however has not been disclosed by both the companies.

The deal would also dismiss all litigation between the firms in Texas, while licensing discussions would be carried out concerning other wireless technologies.

Blackberry had been alleged of infringing Wi-Lan’s patent in its PlayBook tablet and a range of smartphones such as the Bold, Torch, Pearl and Storm.

In May 2013, the patent licensing firm sued BlackBerry over its LTE-enabled devices, alleging they infringed on a WiLAN high-speed wireless patented technology.

Wi-Lan has also filed patent infringement lawsuits against iPhone maker Apple and HTC among others during the past year.

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Wi-Lan had also alleged LG of breaching its patent for V-chip technology in March 2012 that enables parents to chunk inappropriate TV content.

Patent licensing firm has licensed its intellectual property to about 255 global firms.

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