Wi-LAN Inc.
TSX : WIN

Wi-LAN Inc.

May 16, 2006 07:00 ET

Wi-LAN Technologies Sues D-Link for Patent Infringement

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - May 16, 2006) -

Wi-LAN Asserts that D-Link's 802.11a/g Products Infringe Wi-LAN's WOFDM Patent

Wi-LAN Technologies Corp. (TSX:WIN), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wi-LAN Inc. ("Wi-LAN" or "the Company") today announced it has filed and served a lawsuit against D-Link Canada Inc in the Federal Court of Canada for infringement of Wi-LAN's Canadian patent 2,064,975. Wi-LAN had filed the suit in early April but had not served the Statement of Claim while attempting to reach an out of court resolution to the issue. Also named in the suit is D-Link's US subsidiary D-Link Systems Inc.

"We prefer resolving this type of dispute without resorting to the courts, however, if necessary we will go to court in order to ensure that our shareholders receive fair value for the use of our patented technology", said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman of the board of directors of Wi-LAN, "Wi-LAN invested significantly in research and development efforts over the years and pioneered many key wireless inventions. We believe it is only fair to expect companies to pay fair value for the use of those inventions. "

Wi-LAN has always maintained that all devices incorporating the IEEE802.11a/g standards utilize Wi-LAN's WOFDM patents. According to D-Link's published marketing reports, D-Link is the #1 market share leader in small to medium business connectivity on a worldwide basis for wireless local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs). D-Link's IEEE802.11a/g compliant products can be found in top electronic retailers in Canada such as Best Buy, CompuSmart, Future Shop, London Drugs, Office Depot and the Source.

Wi-LAN is represented by Christopher Kvas of Kvas Miller Everitt. Mr. Kvas practices exclusively in the area of intellectual property litigation and also had previously represented Wi-LAN in the now resolved suit brought by Wi-LAN against Cisco Systems Inc.

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN holds a varied portfolio of essential patents in large, existing and emerging industries: CDMA2000, WiFi and WiMAX. Wi-LAN has licensed its patents to a number of companies. Wi-LAN is a charter member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org).

Forward Looking Information

Certain statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, may include forward-looking information that involves various risks and uncertainties. These may include, without limitation, statements based on current expectations involving a number of risks and uncertainties related to all aspects of the wireless communications industry. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to, continued increased demand for the Company's products, the Company's ability to maintain its technological leadership in the field of high-speed wireless communications, the Company's ability to attract and retain key employees, the enforceability of the Company's patents, and the availability of key components.

These uncertainties may cause actual results to differ from information contained herein. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change.

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Contact Information

  • Wi-LAN Inc.
    Amir Nayeri
    Genoa Management
    1-866-430-6247
    Email: info@genoa.ca