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This article was published on July 17, 2012


    WiLAN buys 40 telco technology and mobile multimedia patents from Siemens

    WiLAN buys 40 telco technology and mobile multimedia patents from Siemens Image by: James F. Cox
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    Not very good news unless you’re totally cool with the whole patent trolling thing: WiLAN this morning announced that it has acquired a global portfolio of more than 40 patents and applications from Siemens.

    The patents and applications in question relate to telecommunication network management and mobile multimedia, according to a statement.

    Siemens, which was founded in 1847 (!) is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company.

    Terms of the deal were kept under wraps.

    WiLAN, which bills itself as a “technology innovation and licensing company”, has in the past initiated litigation against real companies like Apple, Dell, HP, Sony, Intel, HTC, LG, Texas Instruments, Acer, Motorola, Kyocera, Alcatel-Lucent, Novatel and Sierra Wireless America. My educated guess is that there’ll be more lawsuits.