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January 3, 2007

Bluetooth Subject of Patent Suit

Bluetooth technology is the subject of a lawsuit filed against three of the largest electronics companies.  Nokia, Matsushita, and Samsung are alleged to violate patents held by the Washington Research Foundation that cover Bluetooth technology.  The WRF represents Washington state educational institutions in regard to patents they hold and attempts to commercialize that technology.  It claims that the three companies use University of Washington patented technology without paying royalties.

Bluetooth is big bucks these days, with over a billion devices out there.  UW should be adding lots of money to its endowment if this goes forward.

Stories are in Top Tech News,  the Chicago Tribune, and ZDNet.

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