Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) today said that the patent case being fought in the Eastern District Court of Texas over its claim to inventing the technology behind Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) has been settled.
According to iTnews, CSIRO admitted settling with each of the fourteen companies involved in four suits. The terms of the settlements are confidential.
Buffalo Technology has issued an official statement about its battle with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Visitors to the Wireless Products section of Buffalo's website are now redirected to a page that states "Buffalo cannot offer for sale, sell, import, or use its IEEE 802.11a and 802.11g compliant products in the United States". Existing inventory can still be sold and in-warranty defective products can be replaced.
CSIRO filed suit against Buffalo in February 2005 and in June 2007 won an injunction preventing sales of all Wi-Fi products. CSIRO is defending its U.S. Patent No. 5,487,069 that contains claims related to key technologies used in 802.11a, and g wireless standards.
Buffalo is currently awaiting the results of its appeal requesting a reversal of the decision and a stay of the injunction.
Last Friday, a federal court in Texas granted Australia's national science agency, CSIRO, an injunction to prevent infringement of its wireless network patent by Buffalo-group companies in the US. The injunction prevents the sales of all wireless LAN products by Buffalo until a license for CSIRO technology is negotiated.
CSIRO had begun a test case against the Buffalo companies in February 2005 in Texas, after the industry had failed to accept CSIROs offers to license its wireless local area network (WLAN) patents on reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) terms.
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