Two patent suits filed in Florida district court
Canada-based patent firm Wi-Lan has filed a suit claiming that RIM "irreparably harmed and monetarily harmed" the company by infringing on two of its patents.
The two patents in question include U.S. Patent No. 5,515,369 and U.S. Patent No. 6,232,969.
One patent concerns the ‘sym’ key on many of the recent BlackBerry phones while the other relates to the use of Bluetooth in 60 models.
The suit was filed in a Florida district court last Friday and made public on Monday spells yet another challenge for the beleagured RIM, which is in a transformation phase.
Wi-Lan’s spokeswoman said the patent was a routine move by the company and it had nothing to do with the change of top management at RIM.
The patent firm asserts RIM should have been aware of the infringements.
Wi-Lan specialises in licensing agreements as part of its portfolio and has a record of fighting successful legal battles with companies, and ultimately reaching multi-year license agreements.