“Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a patent-infringement trial in which Wi-Lan Inc. (WILN) was seeking $248 million from the iPhone maker over an invention for wireless technology used in mobile devices,” Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson report for Bloomberg.
“Apple didn’t infringe a patent for technology used in wireless networking, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, said yesterday. The jury, which deliberated for just over an hour, also said the two patent claims were invalid,” Decker and Robertson report. “Wi-Lan relies on royalty payments for all of its sales. Justin Kew, an analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald, called the case ‘pivotal’ because an agreement with Cupertino, California-based Apple might eliminate much of the company’s litigation costs that have led to quarterly losses. Wi-Lan reported a loss of $762,000 in the second quarter on revenue of $19.9 million, with litigation expenses accounting for much of its costs.”
Decker and Robertson report, “The Ottawa-based company reached agreements with HTC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Novatel Wireless Inc. in the days before the trial for undisclosed terms. That left Apple the sole defendant. Apple, which denied infringing the patent, argued it didn’t cover anything new over prior know-how. BlackBerry Ltd. settled its fight with Wi-Lan, as did Alcatel-Lucent.”
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