Apple, Dell and Sony pinged for catch-all Bluetooth lawsuit

The University of Washington patent lawsuit, which already was ragging on Nokia, Samsung and Panasonic for supposed patent infringement, has now been expanded to encompass pretty much every big name in electronics. The name namers have added Apple, Dell, Sony, Logitech, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Plantronics to the suit, which is asking for money damages, and a court order to stop sales of products using the Washington Research Foundations claimed patents. Only manufacturers using Bluetooth tech from Broadcom, which has licensed the tech from the WRF, go untouched. No word on how far along this case is, but with this many corporate lawyers in the mix, we aren't expecting any substantial developments this century.

[Via The Inquirer]