Monday, September 24, 2007

More noise in area of Wi-Fi patents

David Meyer of ZDNet writes of Wi-Fi patents:

Australia's government-backed research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has, for a long long time, been battling with the major Wi-Fi vendors over patents it holds in OFDM technology.

OFDM is integral to 802.11a/g and, now 802.11n, the high-speed, high-bandwidth etc etc latest version of the Wi-Fi standard that is notoriously yet to be set in stone by the IEEE. Now it looks like that process might be held up, because CSIRO are back, and apparently refusing to promise not to sue those who use its patented technology in their products.

IPBiz asks: does the fact that CSIRO brought suits in ED Texas against the likes of
Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple and Netgear qualify CSIRO as a patent troll?

Meyer also wrote: the IEEE will have a statement about this mess later this week...


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