Law News re 802.11a/802.11g WiFi Products

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Lem, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Lem

    Lem Guest

    I haven't seen this news mentioned here, and it might be interesting to
    users of WiFi equipment.

    Yesterday, June 26, 2007, the U.S. District Court in Tyler, Texas,
    issued an injunction against Buffalo Technologies preventing Buffalo's
    sales of its 802.11a and 802.11g wireless networking products. The
    injunction goes into effect 45 days from yesterday, so sales of Buffalo
    products won't immediately be impacted. Also, Buffalo has said that it
    plans to appeal the decision, and likely will ask the appellate court to
    stay the injunction pending appeal.

    The injunction follows a decision last November that Buffalo's products
    infringed a U.S. Patent owned by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and
    Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). CSIRO is the principal
    scientific research organization of the Australian Federal Government.

    CSIRO has asserted the same patent against many other companies in suits
    filed in the same District Court, with the notable exception of
    CISCO/Linksys. The following is from the Court's June 15, 2007 Opinion
    directing that an injunction should issue:

    "In 1997, CSIRO and Macquarie University formed Radiata Communications
    Pty Ltd., an Australian company, to commercialize the ‘069 patent. CSIRO
    licensed the ‘069 patent to Radiata, and in 2001 Cisco Systems, Inc.
    acquired Radiata for $295 million in stock and began paying royalties to
    CSIRO."

    Court decision:
    http://www.townsend.com/files/CSIROOrderG.pdf

    News articles:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=csiro+buffalo+injunction&btnG=Search
     
    Lem, Jun 27, 2007
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