[funsec] Electronics Groups Sued Over Bluetooth
fergdawg at netzero.net
Tue Jan 2 23:16:26 CST 2007
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Via The Financial Times.
A research foundation backed by the state of Washington has sued three of
the worlds biggest consumer electronics makers over claims that they
have infringed a series of patents surrounding the Bluetooth short-range
The suit, filed in Federal court in Seattle, claims that Matsushita,
Samsung and Nokia should have sought a licence before using the technology
in cellphones, headsets and other electronic equipment.
The Washington Research Foundation, which said it was acting on behalf of
the University of Washington, owner of the patents in dispute, said it had
already secured a licence over the technology from Broadcom, one of the
biggest makers of communications chips, that would cover any consumer
electronics that employ Bluetooth chipsets made by Broadcom.
However, it said that the three companies had all sold devices based on
chipsets made by British-based CSR, which had not been licensed.
If you see: http://www.wrfseattle.org/ you'll notice that this
"foundation" is based in "Seattle" and "...is Best When Viewed with
This should be entertaining. :-)
- - ferg
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