WiLan a Canadian based company yesterday found favour with the federal jury in California after they found Apple guilty of infringing on two patents used in the latest iPhones.
One patent is for a “method and apparatus for bandwidth request protocols in a wireless communication system.” The other is for “adaptive call admission control for use in a wireless communication system.” Apple has yet to comment on the verdict.
According to WiLan’s website they are “one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the wold.”
“WiLAN develops and commercializes innovative patented technologies, manages intellectual property and licenses these inventions to corporations.” Intellectual Property has been highly valued in America since the creation of the U.S. Constitution. The Founding Fathers of the United States believed it to be of such importance that the intellectual property clause was included in the first Article of the Constitution. Their desire was to create an environment that was supportive of innovation through the establishment of property rights. The first U.S. Patent Act demonstrates a desire to create a system that rewards inventors in order to stimulate inventive activity and thereby foster economic growth. A continuous cycle of innovation and the commercialization of innovative technology drives the creation of markets, products, services and, ultimately, economic value. The commercialization of technology has helped establish a large and growing market for licensing patented inventions to the companies that design, manufacture or sell products and services that use these inventions. WiLAN plays an important role in the intellectual property market. WiLAN manages the intellectual property of third party inventors to ensure they receive fair compensation for their investment in research and development. By enabling patent owners to sell or license patented intellectual property, WiLAN helps provide a financial incentive for inventors to invest in the development of new technologies. WiLAN delivers compensation for innovation, assisting the underlying objectives of the patent system.
This isn’t the first time WiLan and Apple have gone at it in court. In October of 2013, Apple was found not guilty of infringing on other wireless networking technology patents. WinLan also holds Patents for Automotive, Digital TV, Medical, Network Management, Online/Device Applications, Semiconductors, Video Games and Wireless Communication. WiLan is considered a patent troll and has a history of going to court with large companies to try and win large sums of money, however, this doesn’t always work in WinLan’s favour in 2013 A federal jury has just taken a bite out of patent licensing firm WiLAN’s business plan, ruling that HTC, Sony, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson didn’t infringe any of the four patents it sued them over.