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Australian Research Centre CSIRO Sues US Telcos

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is expected to gain almost $1 billion from a lawsuit brought against Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

The lawsuit concerns the infringement by the US telecoms providers of multiple Wi-Fi patents held by CSIRO.

The Australia-based organisation has claimed that the mathematical equations used to develop Wi-Fi systems have been derived by original work by CSIRO.

CSIRO has accused a number of technology companies of infringing its Wi-Fi patents, and has fought lawsuits against Dell, Toshiba, HP, Microsoft and Intel, receiving $250 million in settlements so far.

Trevor Choy, intellectual property law expert, told the Syndney Morning Herald: “The widespread usage of the technology means that a few cents per customer/data volume usage could easily add up to a lazy billion or more.”