January 26, 2011 / 6:36 PM / 7 years ago

Wi-LAN settles with Acer, finalizes Intel deal

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company Wi-LAN has reached a deal to drop its lawsuit against PC maker Acer and has finalized an agreement to end a dispute with chipmaker Intel, the company said on Wednesday.

Since announcing a preliminary multi-year deal to license its entire patent portfolio to Intel on January 14, Wi-LAN has also reached licensing deals with chipmakers Broadcom and Atheros, which is set to be acquired by Qualcomm.

Terms of the deals have not been disclosed.

Ottawa-based Wi-LAN filed two separate lawsuits, dubbed the laptop case and the router case, in October 2007 against 22 companies for infringement of its wireless and Internet patents. Wi-LAN hold patents relating to WiFi, CDMA, bluetooth and DSL technologies.

Hewlett-Packard and Apple are also among the defendants in the case. Acer is the first computer maker, rather than chipmaker, to reach a deal in the case.

The trial for companies that do not settle is set to begin on February 3.

Shares in Wi-LAN were down 0.3 percent at C$6.57 on the Toronto Stock Exchange soon after the company released its statement on Wednesday afternoon. They have risen 3 percent since the start of the year.

($1=$1.00 Canadian)

Reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Peter Galloway

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