Wi-Lan Just Keeps On Suing; Says Cable Modems Infringe Its Patents Too

from the does-any-networking-equipment-not-infringe? dept

Wi-Lan really is the patent troll that just keeps on suing. You may recall that the company -- which once was an operating company that totally failed in the market, because it was unable to execute -- has since become one of the nastier patent trolls out there, suing everyone it possibly can. Years back, it claimed that it had patents that covered the basics behind WiFi. After that, it claimed patents on mobile broadband offerings, like WiMax. It's also sued over patents on mobile devices and near-field Bluetooth technology.

And it's not stopping there. Its latest move is to sue a bunch of cable firms for violating patents with their cable modems. Basically, if you offer any kind of networking, expect to have to pay some sort of tax to this company that couldn't hack it in the marketplace. Is that how the patent system was supposed to work?

Filed Under: cable modems, networking, patents
Companies: wi-lan


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  1. identicon
    angry dude, 2 Dec 2010 @ 6:40am

    Re: Re: Be careful with wording, punk

    "Patent troll is a pejorative term used for a person or company that enforces its patents against one or more alleged infringers in a manner considered unduly aggressive or opportunistic, often with no intention to manufacture or market the patented invention."

    A lot of very respectable individual inventors and companies fit this definition

    Thomas Edison is one notable example - he never mass-manufactured and marketed any of his inventioms, yet amassed a huge patent portfolio and wasn't shy to sue

    invention/product design and mass-manufactoring/marketing are two completely different things

    Look at the back of your IPhone (if you can afford one)

    "Designed by Apple in California, assembled in China"

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