Cisco And Wi-Lan Settle Patent Differences... Leave Everyone Else Confused
from the yeah,-that'll-help-nothing dept
Wi-LAN is the Canadian company who in the past has suddenly declared that it owns patents on important pieces of both WiFi and WiMax -- and sued Cisco in the summer of 2004. The fight over these patents was important, because if Cisco gave in, then Wi-LAN could basically set up a tollbooth for both WiFi and WiMax and start getting a piece of everything. Not much has been said in the last year and a half, but today the news comes out that the two sides have settled all their legal disputes, with Cisco buying some, but not all, of Wi-LAN's patents. That's about it in the way of details, meaning that absolutely nothing else is cleared up, and we can expect more lawsuits and more delays and problems for the technology as it needs to fight through this issue. Yup, that's "innovation" at work, according to many folks.