Dolby has decided to sue Waterloo-based RIM for infringing on their patents. In a press release today Dolby stated that they “seek recovery of financial damages and injunctions to halt sales of the many RIM products that infringe Dolby’s patents”.
Apparently RIM is using Dolby’s digital audio compression technology in the Playbook and their smartphones. According to Dolby this patented technology outputs “high quality audio while using extremely limited amounts of transmission and/or storage space”. The downside is that “all other major smart phone makers have agreed to license the Dolby technologies”, but for some reason RIM opted to do otherwise. “Litigation was regrettably our last resort after RIM declined to pay for the use of Dolby’s technology”.
Clearly not good news for RIM.