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WI-LAN INFORMS IEEE OF INTENT TO LICENSE PATENTS

07/13/2004

 

Patents Acquired from Ensemble Communications are Believed to be Essential for Implementation of WiMAX Certified(1) Equipment

CALGARY, Canada - July 13, 2004 -- Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX: WIN), a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, today announced that it has filed a letter of assurance with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) for the patents and patent applications recently acquired from Ensemble Communications Inc. Wi-LAN's letter of assurance states that it is prepared to grant a license for the patents and patent applications to an unrestricted number of applicants on a worldwide, non-discriminatory basis on reasonable terms and conditions. Wi-LAN believes the infringement of these patents is unavoidable in any implementation of the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN Standard(1). The WiMAX Forum(1) intends to certify equipment designed to this standard.

"The acquisition of the Ensemble patent portfolio has strengthened our position within the 802.16 standard," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Executive Chairman of Wi-LAN. "The acquisition of these patents is a significant enhancement to our WiMAX licensing strategy."

Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patents are relevant to all implementations of broadband wireless OFDM and is committed to supporting the ubiquitous implementation of OFDM in broadband wireless equipment and standards. Wi-LAN makes available for sale to all interested parties its W-OFDM technology and expertise and intends to make available its 802.16 MAC layer, WiMAX certifiable physical layer as silicon IP, WiMAX certifiable customer premise equipment and access point designs, and its system-on-chip for WiMAX Certified equipment.

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, offering businesses, including telecom service providers, and government enterprises effective, economic and secure wireless high-speed communications solutions. Wi-LAN specializes in high-speed Internet access, data network extension, and wireless data and telephony backhaul, utilizing its high quality products and industry-leading technologies. Wi-LAN believes its W-OFDM patents are necessary for the implementation of devices using the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN Standard * and the ETSI BRAN HiperMAN* standard (the WiMAX* standards), the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation Wi-Fi* standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2* standard. Wi-LAN licenses its W-OFDM technology and has executed non-exclusive W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor companies. Wi-LAN is the Chair Company of the OFDM Forum (www.ofdm-forum.com) and an active member of the WiMAX* Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). Wi-LAN's common shares trade on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information on WiLAN can be found at www.wilan.com.

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For more information please contact:

Wi-LAN Inc.
Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Ken Wetherell
Ph: (403) 207-6329
E-mail: kwetherell@wi-lan.com

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