SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Canada's Wi-LAN Inc. has filed suits against 22 companies over Wi-Fi patent infringement.
Wi-LAN has filed suits against chip suppliers, equipment vendors and electronics retailers. They include Acer, Apple, Atheros, Belkin, Best Buy, Broadcom, Buffalo Technology, Circuit City, Dell, D-Link, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, Infineon, Intel, Lenovo, Marvell Semiconductor, Netgear, Sony, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Westell Technologies and 2Wire.
The firm has conducted litigation throughout the U.S., including the Eastern District of Texas, where Wi-LAN has filed two actions.
In its filings, Wi-LAN (Ottawa, Ontario) claims that companies have infringed and continue to infringe upon its U.S. patent nos. 5,282,222, RE37,802 and 5,956,323. These patents are related to Wi-Fi and to power consumption in DSL products.
Wi-LAN, founded in 1992, licenses intellectual property that applies to a full range of electronics and communications products. Some of the fundamental technologies covered by Wi-LAN's patents include: CDMA, DOCSIS, DSL, GSM/EDGE, V-chip, Wi-Fi and WiMAX.