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Friday, 20 April 2007

Bluetooth Dispute Settled for USD$15million

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In a stunning bit of negotiation savvy, the Washington Research Foundation, a branch of the University of Washington, walked away with USD$15 million from CSR PLC. The original suit was launched against Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic for selling in mobile phones that use Bluetooth chips from CSR PLC that infringe WRF's radio frequency patents.

  • The issue: The patents have been licensed to Broadcom.


  • The settlement: USD$15 million in exchange for agreement not to sue CSR PLC for alleged infringements of the WRF patents by its products.




Bluetooth technology enables modern technological devices to communicate in a personal area network (PAN).


sources
  1. Reuters, CSR settles Bluetooth dispute with WRF for $15 mln, 19th April 2007
  2. Bluetooth @ Wikipedia
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