Australia’s CSIRO Settle Patent Suit In US WiFi Case For $229 Million

Posted on Apr 2 2012 - 9:45am by Editorial Staff

The Australia’s scientific agency has reached a multi-million dollar out-of-court settlement in the United States over the use of its wireless internet technology. Since 2005, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have been suing companies for using the WLAN technology without a license. The CSIRO said the settlement for the Wireless local area networking (WLAN) patent was worth more than A$220 million ($229 million).

A spokeswoman for CSIRO told Reuters that no decision had been made about further litigation, but CSIRO has not ruled out more cases. “We couldn’t see the evolution of the innovation system in the way it has, so we didn’t apply for patents in Latin America, in Russia, and either China or India,” Nigel Poole, acting group executive of information sciences group at CSIRO, added. “With the benefit of hindsight of course we would have loved to have a Chinese patent or a patent in India as well,” he told local radio.

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