Patent troll WiLAN has long been pursuing BlackBerry for patent infringement. It looks like those days are over now as BlackBerry tries to settle these lawsuits to possibly smooth their acquisition or other “strategic initiatives.” Check out the details below though sadly we do not know which way this lawsuit went since the terms were not disclosed. My guess is BlackBerry offered to feed the troll some money since it "obtained a license to certain patents" and will "pursue licensing discussions regarding certain other wireless technologies."
OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Oct. 9, 2013) – Wi-LAN Inc. (“WiLAN” or the “Company”) (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN) today announced that BlackBerry Limited (“BlackBerry”) and WiLAN have reached an agreement to dismiss all pending patent litigations between the companies.
As part of the agreement, BlackBerry has obtained a license to certain patents in suit in Florida. As a result, all litigations between the companies in Florida will be dismissed with prejudice.
In addition, the agreement calls for the dismissal, without prejudice, of all litigation between the companies in Texas. The parties will pursue licensing discussions regarding certain other wireless technologies.
Specific financial terms of the agreement reached are confidential.
WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 270 companies worldwide. Inventions in our portfolio have been licensed by 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 TV receivers. WiLAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 3,000 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.
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