Via Licensing issues patent call for IEEE 802.11n standard

Via Licensing announced a call for patents that are essential to the practice of the IEEE 802.11n standard, Enhancements for Higher Throughput, which is currently in draft form and is based on the IEEE P802.11n (D11.0) Draft Telecommunications and information exchange between systems – Local and Metropolitan Area Networks-Specific Requirements-Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) & Physical Layer specifications. Upon its ratification by the IEEE, this call for patents shall apply to the final 802.11n specification.

The IEEE 802.11 standard is an internationally published open standard that defines a range of methods for providing wireless local area networking services. By offering increased speed and range capabilities to support high data rate applications and providing an alternative to wired networks, 802.11n enhances the IEEE 802.11 standard.

Networks based on the 802.11n standard will support streaming high-definition video applications, enable faster transfer of multimedia content, and provide enhanced capacity and performance for enterprise systems.

Any entity with a patent or patent application that is found to be essential by an independent patent evaluator is invited to join a group of essential patent holders that plan to convene to discuss the commercial terms of a joint patent license to be offered under reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

Via Licensing is issuing this patent call for the purpose of identifying the owners of patents that are essential to the practice of the IEEE 802.11n standard. A patent is essential if it contains at least one independent claim that is necessarily infringed by the creation of a compliant implementation of either the mandatory or optional portions of the normative clauses of the IEEE 802.11n standard.

Any entity that believes it has patents or pending patent applications that are essential as described above should email, specifying an interest in submitting a patent or patent application for consideration of essentiality to the IEEE 802.11n standard.

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