OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwired - April 9, 2014) - Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN" or the "Company") (TSX:WIN)(NASDAQ:WILN) today announced that U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has ruled that claims 1 and 10 of WiLAN's U.S. Patent No. RE37,802 ("the 802 patent" ) were improperly invalidated by the jury in the WiLAN vs. Apple lawsuit in Marshall, Texas, in October 2013.
"The court is unable to find that the jury's finding as to the invalidity of claims 1 and 10 of the 802 patent is supported by substantial evidence," Judge Gilstrap wrote in his decision. "Accordingly, the jury's invalidity verdict cannot stand."
While the judge denied other aspects of WiLAN's motion for judgment, WiLAN President & CEO, Jim Skippen, commenting on the court's ruling, stated: "We believed all along that the claims in our 802 patent were valid, and this decision just reaffirms that belief. We also believe that the judge's ruling will be of significant benefit to WiLAN with respect to any future appeals we may make to the U.S. Federal courts concerning our ongoing intellectual property disputes with Apple."
WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 280 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 4,000 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.
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