December 31, 2010 / 1:34 PM / 7 years ago

Wi-Lan says patent suit delay to aid settlement talks

BANGALORE (Reuters) - Technology licensing firm Wi-Lan Inc said it would get more time to discuss infringement settlements with defendants as a U.S. federal court extended the trial date by about a month, after redefining a term in a patent related to its wireless products.

The Canadian company had served notice in October 2007 to several companies, including Apple Inc, Dell Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and Intel Corp for infringement of its wireless patents.

The change in construction of the term would require the defendants to revise their reports and defense in the action.

The court has granted a delay in the trial to February 2 from January 4, Wi-Lan said.

Shares of the company, which have doubled in value since October 2007, closed at C$6 on Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Reporting by Gowri Jayakumar in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel

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