Texas jury rules against Wi-LAN in patent infringement case against Apple

OTTAWA – A jury in Texas has ruled against Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) in its patent infringement case against American consumer electronics giant Apple Inc.

Ottawa-based Wi-LAN said in a statement Wednesday that the jury determined that patents related to CDMA and HSPA technologies used in wireless communications had not been infringed by Apple.

Trial proceedings involving Apple began on Oct. 15 after six other defendants — Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, HTC Corp., Novatel Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless Inc. — all signed licence and settlement agreements to resolve the litigation.

“Wi-LAN is disappointed with the jury’s decision and is currently reviewing its options with trial counsel . . . ,” it said in a release.

The company added that it does not believe the other licence agreements would be “negatively impacted by this decision.”

“This case remains before the courts and it is Wi-LAN’s policy to not provide commentary on cases that are before the courts,” it added.

Wi-LAN has licensed its intellectual property to more than 270 companies worldwide that are involved in the manufacture or sale of a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products.