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Australian WIFI ( WLAN ) inventor wins patent battle against Microsoft , Toshiba


Not many people know it , but  one of the biggest inventions in the technology ( WIFI ) used all over the world in millions of devices  was invented in Australia.

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Wifi – An Australian Invention

WIFI or WLAN as it was known when it was invented by a group of scientists John O’sullivan , Terry Percival, Diet Ostry, Graham Daniels, John Deane working for the CSIRO.

In 2009, it received A$205 million after reaching settlements with 14 companies. The latest settlement is worth more than $220 million with lap-top makers, mobile carriers and wireless chip makers which represent around 90 percent of the Tech industry including companies including Lenovo, Acer, Sony and AT&T. The CSIRO has license agreements with 23 companies with these new settlements.

(Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science agency )

This invention was patented in the US in 1996 and the first products using the  wireless WLAN technology entered the market in 2001.

WIFI WLAN Patent War

Major big technology companies like Microsoft , Hewlett-Packard, Intel , Toshiba started using this technology but ignored the patent until CSIRO took legal action to defend its patent  and invention

The Australian government-run Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) said the settlement for the Wireless local area networking (WLAN) patent was worth more than A$220 million ($229 million).

About Wifi from wikipedia


Wi-Fi (play /ˈwf/, sometimes spelled Wifi or WiFi) is a popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly (using radio waves) over a computer network, including high-speed Internet connections.


The Wi-Fi Alliance defines Wi-Fi as any “wireless local area network (WLAN) products that are based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) 802.11 standards”.[1] However, since most modern WLANs are based on these standards, the term “Wi-Fi” is used in general English as a synonym for “WLAN”.

Links for Wi-Fi Info:

Australia settles patent suit in U.S. wi-fi case

How wifi Works

Australian WIFI ( WLAN ) inventor wins patent battle against Microsoft , Toshiba  


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