CSIRO Sues Chip Vendors and Customers over WiFi Products
- August 29, 2012
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) [NPE] filed suit against chip makers MediaTek, Ralink, RealTek, and Texas Instruments, and customers Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Nokia, and Samsung Electronics, alleging that the defendants’ products operating according to the IEEE 802.11a, g, n and/or draft n standards infringe a patent related to wireless LANs. According to the complaint, the patent-in-suit survived ex parte re-examinations in March 2011 and July 2012, that confirmed the patentability of the existing claims and added claims. In April 2012, Reuters reported that defendants Acer, AT&T, Lenovo, Sony, T-Mobile, and Verizon were to pay $229 million to settle patent suits filed by CSIRO. CSIRO had filed suit against the defendants in September 2009 and February 2010 for the alleged infringement of the same patent related to wireless LANs. The patent-in-suit was issued to CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, in January 1996. 8/27, Eastern District of Texas, no judge yet assigned, 6:2012cv00578.