US Tech Firms Attack Australian WiFi Patent

from the patent-nuttiness dept

In the last year or so, we’ve been seeing a lot of companies come up with random patents that they claim are violated by various WiFi implementations. One of the holders of such patents is the Australian government science organization CSIRO, who recently sued a Japanese owned firm in the US for violating those patents. That’s scared a bunch of big US firms who have decided to take action. Microsoft, Dell, HP, Intel, Apple and Netgear have all teamed up to try to invalidate the patent. Note again the incredibly involved (and expensive) process to prove that a patent never should have been granted in the first place. And people wonder why the patent system needs to be reformed?

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Michael Traun says:

But on the other hand, the Australian government develops this, patents it and now that the big name companies have been using it wants to nullify it? What is the point of developing it, if big name companies can steal your invention? This patent was handed down in 1996 … 10 years ago.

This is not another “nutty claim”. This is quite legitimate.

cofiem (profile) says:

ABC Catalyst has story on this


It is quite one-sided (for CSIRO). They don’t seem to realise that even if the patent is valid, going after businesses that actually use it will harm innovation. I know CSIRO is a research facility and uses the money for more research, as the above commenter mentioned… this does seem like one case where the patent really does make sense.

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