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WiLAN Sues Apple, HP, Dell

You’ve got to be kidding: Another mobile patent suit?

Sadly, yes.

This morning, patent-holding company WiLAN filed suit against Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and six others, accusing them of violating two wireless patents: No. RE 37,802, which covers certain aspects of CDMA and HSPA communications; and No. 5,282,222, which relates to Wi-Fi and LTE.

Filed in a Texas court known to be a haven for patent trolls, the suit seeks damages and an injunction against any further infringements, which will presumably be used to squeeze the accused companies for licensing fees, which are WiLAN’s lifeblood. Indeed, reporting earnings earlier this year, WiLAN said it expected new licensing agreements to bolster its bottom line quite a bit in the years ahead. Said CEO Jim Skippen, “our investment in litigation could generate a significant return in the future.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work