Wi-LAN Inc.
TSX : WIN

Wi-LAN Inc.

October 12, 2006 11:29 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Early License Program

Program Grants Preferential Rates for Early Licensees

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2006) - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN), a leading patent holder for WiMAX, WiFi and CDMA technologies today announced an "Early License Program". Under this program, all companies that request a patent license from Wi-LAN in writing over the next six months will be offered a license at royalty rates which are below Wi-LAN's target royalty rates.

This Early License Program offer of a patent license at reduced rates is open to all companies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. To be eligible for the Early License Program, a company must advise Wi-LAN in writing that it wishes to engage in discussions concerning a license under the Program within six months of the date of this announcement, and must conclude a license agreement with Wi-LAN within nine months of the date of this announcement.

Wi-LAN holds 53 patents and patent applications which it believes cover the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards, the IEEE 802.16/2004/d/e standards and CDMA2000 standard amongst others.

"Since I joined Wi-LAN in June 2006, we have had an exciting few months," said Jim Skippen, Wi-LAN President and CEO. "We have raised sufficient cash to achieve our preliminary objectives; we have hired an excellent patent licensing team; we have moved the company to Ottawa; and of particular note, we have advanced discussions with a number of potential licensees. Our general strategy is to offer better terms to early licensees and to gradually increase rates to market levels. Accordingly, we have decided to broadly announce our Early License Program, so that all companies have an equal opportunity to take advantage of this time-limited offer."

Further enquiries about Wi-LAN's Early License Program should be directed to:



Wi-LAN Licensing Program
Attn: Mr. Bill Middleton, V.P. Licensing and General Counsel

11 Holland Avenue, Suite 608
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1Y 4S1
613-688-3894
wmiddleton@wi-lan.com


About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN, which was founded in 1992, is a licensor of key wireless technologies, and was co-founder of both the OFDM Forum and the WiMAX Forum. Some of the fundamental technologies covered by the Wi-LAN patents include CDMA, WiFi and WiMAX. Wi-LAN has already licensed its intellectual property to a number of major companies, including Cisco and Fujitsu.

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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 and the global economy. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not restricted to the enforceability of the Company's patents, the timing of the Company's ability to generate revenues and cash flows from licensing its patent portfolio, the implications of possible litigation regarding the licensing activities, the Company's ability to attract and retain key employees, the ability of the Company to raise capital or other forms of financing on acceptable terms when needed and potential changes in foreign currency rates. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ from information contained herein, when estimates and assumptions have been used to measure and report results. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual result 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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