“Hours after being appointed chief executive of Research In Motion Ltd., Thorsten Heins is already facing a major legal challenge,” Jameson Berkow reports for The Financial Post.
“Wi-Lan Inc., Canada’s largest intellectual property enforcement firm and Ottawa’s most valuable public company, filed a lawsuit against RIM claiming infringement of two patents,” Berkow reports. “The company wants the Waterloo, Ont.-based BlackBerry maker, which executed the largest management shakeup in its 27-year history late Sunday evening, to pay for a license to use Wi-Lan’s technology as well as an undisclosed amount in damages.”
“The two United States patents — 5,515,369 and 6,232,969 — were each issued more than one decade ago and were originally granted to other companies, suggesting Wi-Lan purchased them at some point in the last several years as it amassed a war chest currently totaling more than 3,000 patents related to various technologies,” Berkow reports. “As many as 60 BlackBerry devices infringe the ’369 patent, Wi-Lan alleged in a complaint filed in the Southern Florida U.S. District Court after markets closed Friday, which relates to Bluetooth data transmission. The ’969 patent relates to the ‘sym’ button found on more recent RIM smartphones such as the Torch, Bold and Curve.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Happy first day on the job, Mr. CEO Whatshisname!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Kewo62” for the heads up.]
Beleaguered RIM touts CEO change, plans to stay on same course; analysts unimpressed – January 23, 2012
Beleaguered RIM names new CEO; half-CEOs step down amid struggle to answer Apple – January 22, 2012