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Patent company takes on Wi-Fi industry
Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 02 November 2007 22:17

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A "technology licensing" company called Wi-LAN has sued 22 of the biggest names in wireless networking over alleged patent infringements.

The firm, based in Ottowa, Canada, is suing over patents 5,282,222, RE37,802 and 5,956,323, which apparently cover aspects of Wi-Fi and power consumption.

Read the full story at ZDNet UK:

The companies being sued include — among others — Acer, Apple, Belkin, Broadcom, Dell, D-Link, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Netgear, Sony, Texas Instruments and Toshiba.

"Wi-LAN has successfully negotiated patent licensing deals with a number of companies covering a broad range of patent families and technologies," said Wi-LAN president Jim Skippen on Thursday.  "Our existing licensing agreements are a strong endorsement of the strength and validity of our valuable patent portfolio. While we prefer to resolve patent infringement through business discussions, we have consistently maintained that litigation was always a possibility when negotiations do not result in a licence within a reasonable time."

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