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Australian Research Agency Settles US Wi-Fi Patent Suit

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national agency for scientific research, has announced that it received aa multimillion-dollar legal settlement regarding the wireless LAN (WLAN) technology it invented that forms the Wi-Fi platform’s foundation. The award in US currency was reportedly $229 million. CSIRO developed its WLAN technology in the 1990s and has been suing companies using it without a license since 2005. The settlement reportedly involved firms such as Lenovo, Acer, Sony, and AT&T. CSIRO now has license agreements with 23 other firms, including mobile carriers and wireless chip makers. “It was important that Australia protect its intellectual property, and that those major companies who are selling billions of devices pay for the technology that they were using,” said Australian minister for science and research Chris Evans. CSIRO’s WLAN-technology patent expires in 2013. (

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