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Patent licensing company Wi-LAN has filed a lawsuit against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion for infringing on a patent that relates to Bluetooth technology.
The company said it filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the BlackBerry maker.
Wi-LAN, which has licensed its intellectual property to more than 255 companies worldwide, alleged that RIM infringed its US Patent No. 6,260,168 related to Bluetooth technologies.
Wi-LAN has launched a string of patent lawsuits, including one last week against Apple, HTC and Sierra Wireless's USunit over LTE mobile technology.
In its filing, Wi-LAN alleges that RIM's PlayBook tablet and a wide range of its smartphones, including the Bold, Torch, Pearl and Storm utilize technology that infringes on its patent.
A spokeswoman for RIM was not immediately able to comment.
Wi-LAN is seeking an unspecified amount in damages and preliminary and permanent injunctions to block RIM from infringing its patent.