Controversial Canadian firm Wi-LAN, which some consider a patent troll, has sued Apple and 18 other computer and mobile device manufacturers, including Dell and Motorola, claiming they are infringing on the company's Bluetooth patents.
Ottawa-based Wi-LAN filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division--a court that is favored by patent-license companies seeking big judgments--asking for unspecified damages and an injunction to stop the company's from using the technology.
However, experts indicate that Wi-LAN isn't likely to win an injunction given the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case against EBay in 2006 that an injunction of widely used technologies may not be the best solution. But Wi-LAN has successfully defended its patent rights of many high-profile companies, including reaching settlements with Research in Motion and Cisco.
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