CSIRO WIFI-CATALYSTS SETTLE PATENT DISBUTE
[Photo caption - CSIRO's ASKAP antennas at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, 2010. Image credit: Ant Schinckelson, CSIRO*].
In Geeky Uncredited Australian Computer Scientists News:
CSIRO scientists have been fighting to capitalise on its Wi-Fi patents for years. CSIRO’s invention lies at the heart of the technology used in wifi hotspots – now widely used in cafes, public buildings and homes.
The five-strong team of CSIRO scientists used radio-astronomy to crack the problem of radio waves bouncing off surfaces indoors, causing an echo that distorts the signal. They built a fast chip that could transmit a signal while reducing the echo. Their discovery is known by the catchy moniker the ”069 patent”.
The team who cracked the idea back in the 1990s included John O’Sullivan, Diet Ostry, Terry Percival, Graham Daniels and John Deane.
After a long battle, the team have secured a legal settlement in the US worth more than $220 million from global firms who have used the breakthrough idea. By 2013, 5 billion products would have been sold that utilize CSIRO technology.
The licensing of CSIRO’s Wireless LAN invention is an outstanding result for CSIRO and is recognition of the important contribution this invention has had on modern communication. CSIRO now has licensing agreements with 23 companies, representing around 90 per cent of the industry, with total revenue earned from this technology now more than $430 million.
Reporting Misha Schubert. [Photo note: The copyright holder of this file allows anyone to use it for any purpose, provided that the copyright holder is properly attributed. Redistribution, derivative work, commercial use, and all other use is permitted.]
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