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Wi-LAN Initiates Litigation for Patent Infringement

11/01/2007

OTTAWA, Canada – November 1, 2007 – Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX: WIN) (“Wi-LAN”) has initiated litigation against 22 major companies in two actions.  The companies include chip suppliers, equipment vendors and electronics retailers.  They are: Acer Inc., Apple Inc., Atheros Communications Inc., Belkin International Inc., Best Buy Co. Inc., Broadcom Corporation, Buffalo Technology (USA) Inc., Circuit City Stores, Inc., Dell Inc., D-Link Corporation, Gateway Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Infineon Technologies AG, Intel Corporation, Lenovo Group Ltd., Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Netgear Inc., Sony Corporation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Toshiba Corporation, Westell Technologies Inc., and 2Wire Inc. The suits have been commenced in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

In its filings, Wi-LAN claims that these companies have infringed and continue to infringe  Wi-LAN’s U.S. patent nos. 5,282,222, RE37,802 and 5,956,323 by making and/or selling various products, including wireless routers, modems and personal notebook computers that use.  These patents are related to Wi-Fi and to power consumption in DSL products.

“Wi-LAN has successfully negotiated patent licensing deals with a number of companies covering a broad range of patent families and technologies,” said Jim Skippen, President & CEO.  “Our existing licensing agreements are a strong endorsement of the strength and validity of our valuable patent portfolio.  While we prefer to resolve patent infringement through business discussions, we have consistently maintained that litigation was always a possibility when negotiations do not result in a license within a reasonable time.”

Wi-LAN will be represented in this action by McKool Smith, a leading U.S. law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation.  McKool Smith has successfully defended the patent rights of many high profile companies.  The firm has conducted litigation throughout the U.S. and has particular expertise in the Eastern District of Texas, where Wi-LAN has filed these two actions.

Wi-LAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 280 issued or pending patents.

Conference Call

Wi-LAN will host a conference call and webcast with Jim Skippen, President & CEO,  Bill Middleton, VP Licensing & General Counsel and Steve Bower, CFO, today, Thursday, November 1 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.
 
Calling Information
A live audio webcast will be available at www.wilan.com
To access the call from Canada, dial (Toll Free): 1.866.585.6398
International callers: 1.416.849.9626

Replay Information
The archived conference call will be available at www.wilan.com and accessible by telephone until 11:59 PM on November 7, 2007:
Replay Number (Toll Free) 1.866.245.6755
Replay Number (International) 1.416.915.1035
Passcode: 182630


About Wi-LAN Inc.
Wi-LAN, founded in 1992, licenses intellectual property that applies to a full range of electronics and communications products.  Some of the fundamental technologies covered by Wi-LAN’s patents include: CDMA, DOCSIS, DSL, GSM/EDGE, V-chip, Wi-Fi and WiMAX.   Wi-LAN has licensed its intellectual property to a growing number of companies around the world.  For more information: www.wilan.com.


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For more information, please contact:

Bill Middleton,
VP, Licensing & General Counsel
O: 613.688.3894
E: wmiddleton@wi-lan.com

Steve Bower,
CFO
C: 613.697.7159
O: 613.688.4898
E: sbower@wi-lan.com

 

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