“Wi-LAN Patent Claims Against Ericsson Likely To Get Pared”
A Florida federal judge indicated Wednesday he would likely trim two of three wireless patents asserted by Wi-LAN Inc. in its infringement suit against Ericsson Inc. just two weeks before the case is set to go to trial.
U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks told the parties in a hearing in West Palm Beach that he was inclined to grant Ericsson’s motion for summary judgment on U.S. Patent Numbers 8,027,298 and 8,249,014, but that he is still unsure on the third patent at issue, U.S. Patent Number 8,229,437, which covers handing over a wireless communication link.
“I’m inclined to think those two initial patents are not infringed,” Judge Middlebrooks said.
Ericsson is represented by George E. Schulz Jr., Philip E. Rothschild, Joshua C. Krumholz, Jacob K. Baron and Jacob W. S. Schneider of Holland & Knight LLP and Richard Wynne Jr., J. Michael Heinlen and Justin Cohen of Thompson & Knight LLP. Sony is represented by Kara Stoll and Jason Romrell of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.