PATENT FIRM Mosaid has filed a lawsuit against some of the biggest names in technology claiming infringement of WiFi patents held by the firm.
Mosaid Technologies, which bills itself as "one of the world's leading intellectual property companies", has filed a lawsuit against 17 firms including Asustek, Canon, Dell, Huawei, Intel, Lexmark, Marvell and Research in Motion, claiming the companies infringe its patents by manufacturing and flogging devices with WiFi connectivity.
In its complaint, Mosaid claimed the fingered parties had "infringed and continue to infringe Mosaid's patents by making and selling products that comply with or implement the IEEE 802.11 family of communications standards, known as Wi-Fi". The patents in question are U.S. Patent Nos. 5,131,006; 5,151,920; 5,422,887; 5,706,428; 6,563,786 B1; and 6,992,972.
John Lindgren, president and CEO of Mosaid said, "We believe that all companies offering products that implement the WiFi standard require a license to our wireless patents." He added that since 2008, Mosaid had licensed its patents to 15 companies, though given that Lindgren is claiming that all companies that offer WiFi products require a license from Mosaid, just 15 sales and claims against a further 17 companies seems a bit low.
Some of the patents in question date back over two decades and generally they relate to low-level telecommunications technology.
If Mosaid manages to make its lawsuit stick, it could well be in for quite a windfall, not only from the firms named in the lawsuit but from many others that, as Lindgren put it, offer "products that implement the WiFi standard". µ
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