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Wi-LAN's W-OFDM Patent Remains Unchallenged

03/28/2001


Calgary, Canada
March 28, 2001

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE: WIN), an innovator of high-speed wireless data/Internet communications, today announced the Federal Court of Canada ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear Wi-LAN's claim on the basis that Radiata products are not available for sale and are currently not intended for sale in Canada. As a result, Wi-LAN's W-OFDM patent remains unchallenged.

"We are pleased with the clarity this action has brought to the marketplace. This result reinforces our plan to take action when and if companies have an infringing product to sell," says Hatim Zaghloul, Wi-LAN Chairman and CEO. "Wi-LAN intends to aggressively defend its patented W-OFDM technology." 

"Wi-LAN's position is that any devices that implement the IEEE 802.11a standard in Canada infringe on their Canadian patent no. 2,064,975. Radiata did not challenge the patent," says Christopher Kvas, Kvas Miller Everitt, Wi-LAN legal counsel. "Wi-LAN's patent position remains strong."

Radiata products were offered for sale on their website and in product announcements. As a result, on November 17, 2000, Wi-LAN filed a lawsuit against Radiata in the Federal Court of Canada alleging infringement of Wi-LAN's Canadian W-OFDM patent by Radiata products. In response, Radiata brought a motion contesting the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Canada citing absence of sale or availability of product in Canada.

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