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Submission + - How the Aussie government "invented WiFi" and sued its way to $430 million (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: US consumers will be making a multimillion dollar donation to an Australian government agency in the near future, whether they like it or not. After the resolution of a recent lawsuit, practically every wireless-enabled device sold in the US will now involve a payment to an Australian research organization called the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, which hired US patent lawyers who told a very lucrative tale in an East Texas courtroom, that they had "[invented] the concept of wireless LAN ... [and] when the IEEE adopted the 802.11a standard in 1999—and the more widely-used 802.11g standard years later—the group was choosing CSIRO technology. Now CSIRO had come to court to get the payments it deserved."
Australia

Submission + - How the Aussie government "invented WiFi" and sued its way to $430 million (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: US consumers will be making a multimillion dollar donation to an Australian government agency in the near future, whether they like it or not. After the resolution of a recent lawsuit, practically every wireless-enabled device sold in the US will now involve a payment to an Australian research organization called the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, which hired US patent lawyers who told a very lucrative tale in an East Texas courtroom, that they had "[invented] the concept of wireless LAN ... [and] when the IEEE adopted the 802.11a standard in 1999—and the more widely-used 802.11g standard years later—the group was choosing CSIRO technology. Now CSIRO had come to court to get the payments it deserved."

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