Ruling in Re-Examination Proceeding Strengthens WiLAN's Digital TV Program
OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN" or the "Company") (TSX:WIN)(NASDAQ:WILN) today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has confirmed the validity of all the claims in WiLAN's US Patent No. 5,828,402 (the "402 Patent") along with more than 30 new claims. The USPTO ruling signals that the 402 Patent re-examination proceedings are at an end.
"This ruling confirms the validity of our fundamental 402 or V-Chip Patent, and enables our licensing activity to continue with the unlicensed portion of the market, which is significant," said Jim Skippen, President & CEO. "Millions of V-Chip-enabled TVs and digital TV receivers are sold each year and are already licensed under WiLAN's V-Chip technology. This ruling also grants more than 30 new claims, which further demonstrates the quality of the patents that WiLAN licenses as part of its major licensing program."
Added Skippen, "The 402 Patent is the second important WiLAN patent to successfully undergo the re-examination process, which I believe speaks to the thoroughness we apply in selecting high quality patents to include in our growing portfolio."
WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 255 companies worldwide. Inventions in our portfolio have been licensed by companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G and 4G handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi and broadband routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, cellular base stations and digital television receivers. WiLAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 3000 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.
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