updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed May 18, 2005
Wireless patent fight
Apple along with four other compuer companies are developed "groundbreaking technology in 1996 that allows computers to network with each other without cables. The technology is now built in to most laptop computers and manufacturers pay the CSIRO a licence fee to use it. CSIRO chief executive Dr. Geoff Garrett said the system made it possible to increase the speed of Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) by a factor of five."
According to the report, the CSIRO initiated legal action in the United States against Buffalo Technology, a Japanese-owned company, because Buffalo had unilaterally terminated negotiations for a license fee.
The CSIRO said that it collects royalties so that it can invest in further development and that it would fight the coalition of US companies trying to overturn the US patent. "As part of our business we create high quality intellectual property and we are prepared to defend it," Dr Garrett said. "We actively encourage the utilisation of the results of research in industry and communities, both nationally and globally, and any royalty income will be reinvested in further research."