Networking

05:00 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

WiMAX Patent Suit Settled

In what may be a portent of future legal conflicts, Wi-LAN, Inc. and Redline Communications said they have settled a patent dispute covering technology used in wireless broadband equipment.

In what may be a portent of future legal conflicts, Wi-LAN, Inc. and Redline Communications said they have settled a patent dispute covering technology used in wireless broadband equipment.

Specifically, Redline agreed to pay Wi-LAN royalties for wireless broadband technology that uses advanced orthogonal frequency multiplexing. Wi-LAN has patents on such technology in both Canada and the U.S. for that technology, which will be part of wireless broadband systems based on 802.16 technology, also known as WiMAX.

While Wi-LAN expressed satisfaction about the settlement, Redline was less pleased.

"We strongly believe that we do not infringe on their patents," Majed Sifri, Redline's president and CEO said in a statement. "However, it would have been too much of a distraction to challenge their claims as the royalty represents a minor portion of the overall Redline product cost. It made more sense to quickly reach an agreement so we could continue to focus on our core business."

The legal action was started in Canadian courts in July, 2002. Earlier this week, however, Wi-LAN announced it acquired 17 additional WiMAX-related patents and patent applications in the U.S. The company said the patents relate to products that implement the Media Access Control layer in Wi-MAX-certified systems.

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
Cartoon
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
Jeremy Schulman, founder of Schprockits, a network automation startup operating in stealth mode, joins us to explore whether networking professionals all need to learn programming in order to remain employed.
White Papers
Register for Network Computing Newsletters
Current Issue
2014 Private Cloud Survey
2014 Private Cloud Survey
Respondents are on a roll: 53% brought their private clouds from concept to production in less than one year, and 60% ­extend their clouds across multiple datacenters. But expertise is scarce, with 51% saying acquiring skilled employees is a roadblock.
Video
Twitter Feed