Some of the world's top tech companies have run up the white flag in the face of a national science agency?s legal claim it invented key technologies behind Wi-Fi.
Each of the 14 companies the agency sued for copyright infringement in 2005 has cut confidential settlements with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), it revealed today. They are Hewlett-Packard, Asus, Intel, Dell, Toshiba, Netgear, D-Link, Belkin, SMC, Accton, 3Com, Buffalo Technologies, Microsoft and Nintendo.
CSIRO claims to hold an essential patent granted in 1996 for 802.11a and 802.11g Wi-Fi technology, the adopted standard in almost every modern laptop and LAN device.
The first sign the the 14 companies would crack came early this month, when HP announced it had separately settled with the Australian agency.[MORE]