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Wireless vendor Wi-LAN launches legal action against Cisco

Broadband wireless vendor Wi-LAN Inc. has commenced legal action against Cisco Systems Inc. claiming it produced an...


June 24, 2004  


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Broadband wireless vendor Wi-LAN Inc. has commenced legal action against Cisco Systems Inc. claiming it produced and marketed IEEE standard 802.11a and 802.11g devices without a license.

The Calgary company said it is seeking compensation for use of its intellectual property as well as punitive damages.

"Cisco’s Linksys Division and Aironet product line utilize advanced orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technology and it is Wi-LAN’s belief that these devices infringe on Wi-LAN’s Canadian patent number 2,064,975 and Wi-LAN’s United States patents No. 5,282,222 and 5,555,268," the company said.

It currently has intellectual property licensing agreements with Philips Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics of America and Redline Communications.

“This legal action against Cisco puts the industry on notice that Wi-LAN will aggressively protect its patent rights,” said Sayed-Amr El Hamamsy, company president and CEO.