OTTAWA, CANADA-- December 6, 2012 -- Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN") (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN) today announced it has initiated five separate litigations claiming patent infringement against Apple Inc. ("Apple"), HTC Corporation ("HTC") and Sierra Wireless America, Inc. ("Sierra Wireless").
Three of the suits, filed in the Southern District of Florida against Apple, HTC and Sierra Wireless, claim infringement of WiLAN's U.S. Patent Nos. 8,315,640 and 8,311,040 related to LTE technologies. Ken Stanwood, who heads up WiLAN's LTE-focused R&D subsidiary, is a named inventor on both patents and has been developing foundational technology for 4G broadband wireless networks for the past 14 years.
The two other suits, filed in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple and Sierra Wireless, claim infringement of WiLAN's U.S. Patent No. 6,381,211 (the "211 patent") related to 3G HSPA handset products. HTC is a defendant in an ongoing litigation initiated by WiLAN in 2010 that claims infringement of the 211 patent.
WiLAN will be represented in all five suits by Vinson & Elkins LLP.
WiLAN is a leading intellectual property (IP) licensing company. Many of the world's largest technology firms license portions of WiLAN's growing portfolio of more than 3,000 issued and pending patents. The portfolio covers wireless and wireline access and related telecommunications technologies, digital television and displays, and cloud computing. Patents in WiLAN's portfolio are licensed by over 260 companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G and 4G handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi and broadband routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, cellular base stations and digital television receivers. WiLAN also develops and manages licensing programs for patent owners. For more information: www.wilan.com.