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RIM Ends Patent Tussle with Dolby, Agrees to Pay Royalties

Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion has decided to settle its patent infringement lawsuit with Dolby.

According to Bloomberg (opens in new tab), Dolby said RIM will paying ‘standard terms’ to license Dolby’s audio technology for its BlackBerry and PlayBook devices.

Dolby, which is the inventor of surround sound, had filed two patent infringement lawsuits against RIM back in June in the United States and Germany.

The company had claimed that RIM was infringing on its patent which covers a method for compressing digital audio files so that they use less space but maintain their quality.

The technology is a part of the industry standard for audio coding but RIM had used the technology without licensing it from Dolby.

“We are pleased to welcome RIM into Dolby’s family of mobile-technology licensees,” Dolby General Counsel Andy Sherman said in a statement. “We believe in and will continue to protect the value of our intellectual property.”

In the lawsuit, Dolby had cited RIM’s BlackBerry Storm, Tour, Pearl, Curve and Torch smartphones and PlayBook tablet device as infringing products.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed but Dolby had told analysts earlier that it is supposed to get around $15 million from RIM along with interest costs.

Ravi Mandalia

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