Friday, May 20, 2005

Revealed: the Australian patent the Wi-Fi giants want to squash

Peter Judge writes in

Some of the biggest names in the wireless industry are taking legal action against claims that the Australian government owns patents for basic wireless LAN technology.

Microsoft, Dell, HP, Intel, Apple and Netgear, wish to nullify a patent held by the Australian government research body, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), that apparently covers all IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN equipment.

"The patent is considered essential for implementing wireless local area networks that comply with several IEEE standards, and is now a standard feature of most notebook computers and many other devices," said a CSIRO release, in which the organisation promises to defend itself.


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