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Wi-LAN Completes its Sale of Products to EION Wireless and GIL Technology

04/20/2006

 

Wi-LAN closer to becoming a patent licensing company

CALGARY, Canada - April 20, 2006 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) today announced that it has completed the previously announced sales of its LIBRA 5800 product line and three of its broadband wireless product lines - Ultima 3, VIP and LIBRA MX.

Under the terms of both agreements, Wi-LAN has sold the assets along with the orders in-hand of the LIBRA 5800 to Taiwan-based GIL Technology, and the three wireless product lines - Ultima 3, VIP and LIBRA MX to Ottawa-based EION Wireless Inc.

"Wi-LAN is very pleased with these transactions since they provided continued support to our valued customers and continued employment to a number of our loyal employees," said Bill Dunbar, CEO of Wi-LAN, "With the pending FMA and TilTek transactions, we would have completed our transition to a patent commercialization company. Unfortunately, the uncertainty on supply to our customers since we announced the orderly exit from the product business on February 1st, had caused a significant decline in revenues without a corresponding reduction in expenses leading to an appreciable cash burn."

The Company has not sold any of its patents as a result of either transaction and will receive some future cash consideration that is not materially significant.

On a related note, Wi-LAN has completed the purchase of the substantial assets of Ensemble Communications Inc. as outlined in the March 24th, 2006 press release. This has closed any opportunity for a third party to obtain a license to Wi-LAN’s Wi-MAX patents by acquiring these assets.

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications solutions. Wi-LAN believes its portfolio of patents is necessary for the implementation of WiMAX Forum Certified devices and devices using the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation Wi-Fi Alliance standards). Wi-LAN also believes its MC-DSSS patent is essential for the implementation of standard IS-95b which is used in CDMA-based cellular phones. Wi-LAN is a charter member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at www.wilan.com.

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Wi-LAN Inc.
Amir Nayeri
Genoa Management
1-866-430-6247
info@genoa.ca

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