Dolby, a British-founded American company specializing in audio noise reduction and audio encoding/compression, has filed patent infringement lawsuits in the U.S. and Germany against Canadian smartphone manufacturer RIM which allegedly infringed some of Dolby’s audio patents.
Dolby seeks “recovery of financial damages and injunctions to halt sales of the many RIM products that infringe Dolby’s patents” which represent “highly efficient digital audio compression technologies”. These allow for high quality audio “while using extremely limited amounts of transmission and/or storage space for such audio.”
The alleged infringement is present on BlackBerry smartphones and RIM is the only smartphone manufacturer purportedly using the technology that hasn’t obtained a license from Dolby. “RIM declined to pay for the use of Dolby’s technology,” said Andy Sherman, executive vice president and general counsel of Dolby so the company is now seeking justice in court.