19 May 2005

CSIRO makes a stand

Australia's national research agency, CSIRO, made it known on 18 May that it will be defending its right to obtain reasonable royalties on its US patent related to WLAN. The patent (US 5,487,069) was granted to CSIRO in 1996. US patents are easily viewed on the US patent office website: www.uspto.gov.

Apparently, the technology is now a standard feature of most notebook computers and many other devices. According to Dr. Geoff Garrett, the CEO of CSIRO, the technology makes it possible to increase the speed of WLAN by a factor of five.

It appears that CSIRO will be butting heads with, amongst others, Microsoft, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple and Netgear. I wish them the best of Aussie luck!

Keep an eye on this space for further developments.
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