Court decision could hurt WiFi industry

A federal court decision earlier this month could hurt the entire WiFi industry. The Eastern District Court of Texas has issued an injunction against WiFi equipment vendor Buffalo Technology in a patent dispute with the Australian science agency known as CSIRO, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. The court found that Buffalo violated CSIRO's 1996 patent pertaining to 802.11a/g technology and must stop selling WLAN products until it makes a licensing agreement with CSIRO.

Lawyers say the court's decision could result in steep licensing fees to CSIRO from makers of a whole host of WiFi products.

To read more about the court's decision:
- check out this article from InformationWeek