Feeds

Canadian firm sues 22 firms over Wi-Fi patents

J'accuse... everyone

Boost IT visibility and business value

A Canadian IP firm has accused 22 major IT companies of infringing its Wi-Fi and DSL patents and slapped them with a patent infringement suit.

Ottawa-based Wi-LAN Inc accuses the firms of infringing its U.S. patent nos. 5,282,222, RE37,802 and 5,956,323, which it says relate to "Wi-Fi and to power consumption in DSL products".

The accused firms are a roll-call of big IT, from Acer and Apple through Belkin, Dell, Circuit City and Best Buy to Intel, HP, Lenovo and Dell. Wi-LAN says it has already negotiated a licensing deal with Fujitsu-Siemens.

Many - including perhaps the companies being sued - may not be terribly familiar with Wi-LAN. According to its website, the firm was founded in 1992, and "was a recognized pioneer in the design, development and delivery of broadband wireless technologies". Back in 2004 it took a legal pop at Cisco.

In a statement accompanying this week’s action, president and CEO Jim Skippen said: "Wi-LAN has successfully negotiated patent licensing deals with a number of companies covering a broad range of patent families and technologies."

He added: "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 license within a reasonable time."

One thing that wasn’t a surprise about the action – it’s been initiated in the Eastern District of Texas.

The list of accused firms also includes Buffalo Technology, which is currently fighting an injunction on importing kit into the US after getting into another patent tangle with the Australian-based Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
Nimble's latest mutants GORGE themselves on unlucky forerunners
Crossing Sandy Bridges without stopping for breath
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.