Apple, Nokia, Acer, Sony, and a host of other leading consumer electronic Companies that use packet radio technology in their devices are being sued in a US Court for infringement of several patents owned by Wiav Networks.
According to documents lodged in a Virginia ,USA Court, Apple infringes all 497 patents with their Macbook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air as well as the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S machines.
The Company is also is suing 3Com, Acer, Asus, Belkin, Brother, Buffalo, Canon, Cisco, Dell, D-Link, Epson, the Franklin Wireless Corporation, Fujitsu, Gateway, General Dynamics Itronix, Hewlett Packard, Huawei, Lenvo, Lexmark, Linksys, Motorola, Netgear, Nintendo, Nokia, Novatel Wireless, Option Wireless, Palm, Panasonic, Seiko, Sharp, Sierra Wireless, Sony, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba, UTstarcom, Xerox and ZTE Corporation.
According to TG Daily the patents in question are US 6,480,497 and 5,400,338 called Method and Apparatus for Maximizing Data Throughput in a Packet Radio Mesh Network and Parasitic Adoption of Coordinate-Based Addressing by Roaming Node, respectively.
The complaint covers a vast number of products. For example, it’s alleged that Acer uses the 497 patent in devices including the TravelMate, Aspire, Extensa and Aspire One notebooks.
D-Link is alleged to use the 497 patent in a number of bridges and routers, while Lenovo has used the 497 patent in ThinkPads and IdeaPad machines. Lexmark is alleged to have infringed the patent by using it in its Z, X, C and E series of printer and multifunction products.