Extends coverage of Wi-LAN portfolio in Europe and JapanOTTAWA, Canada – May 11, 2007
– Wi-LAN Inc. (or “Wi-LAN”) (TSX: WIN), a leading technology licensing company, today announced it has acquired six important OFDM patents relating to Wi-Fi and WiMAX from the University of Bristol in England for a total consideration of $300,000 (U.S.).
The patents, which are related to radio receivers using OFDM technology, further extend Wi-LAN’s portfolio coverage in Europe and Japan. Currently no other parties are licensed to these patents.
“This acquisition broadens the geographic scope of our OFDM patent coverage,” said Jung Yee, CTO. “We believe many of today’s higher-performance Wi-Fi and WiMAX products will likely infringe these patents. It is also likely that many future OFDM-based products will implement inventions covered by these patents.”
"Patent licensing is a business where strength in numbers applies,” added Jim Skippen, President & CEO. “This increased patent coverage should allow us to read our patents on more and more products and a larger proportion of sales of prospective licensees. It will make it even more compelling for companies to take a license to the Wi-LAN portfolio.”About Wi-LAN Inc.
Wi-LAN, founded in 1992, licenses intellectual property that drives a full range of products providing access in wireless and wireline telecommunications markets. Some of the fundamental technologies covered by Wi-LAN’s patents include: CDMA, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and DSL. Wi-LAN has already licensed its intellectual property to a number of major companies, including Cisco, Fujitsu and Nokia.