Glenayre patent portfolio highly relevant to mobile phone functionality
Jun. 29, 2011 (Marketwire Canada) --
OTTAWA, CANADA -- Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN" or the "Company") (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN), today announced that it has acquired the "Glenayre Patents", from Glenayre Electronics, Inc. for $8 million in cash.
The comprehensive portfolio includes 60 issued U.S. patents plus foreign counterparts that pioneered critical aspects of modern mobile telephony.
"This acquisition interested WiLAN because the patent portfolio includes inventions that anticipated a number of the mobile phone functions commonly in use today," said Jim Skippen, Chairman & CEO. "Specifically, we believe that patents in the portfolio address aspects of mobile messaging and wireless data transmission and reception that are relevant to today's mobile phone market."
With this acquisition, WiLAN increases its patent portfolio to over 1400 issued and pending patents.
WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 250 companies worldwide. Inventions in our portfolio have been licensed by companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G cellular handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi/DSL routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, WiMAX base stations and digital television receivers. WiLAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 1400 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other United States and Canadian securities laws, including statements relating to the applicability of certain inventions to mobile phone technology and related markets. The phrases "inventions that anticipated", "we believe" and "relevant to today's mobile phone market" and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by WiLAN in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that WiLAN believes are appropriate in the circumstances.
Many factors could cause WiLAN's actual performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following risks: certain WiLAN patents may be found to be invalid, unenforceable and/or not infringed by any specific third party; the Company may be required to establish the enforceability of certain patents in court in order to obtain material licensing revenues; certain WiLAN patents are, and others may be, subject to administrative proceedings that could invalidate or limit the scope of those patents; licensing the Company's patents can take an extremely long time and may be subject to variable cycles; WiLAN is currently reliant on licensees paying royalties under existing licensing agreements and on the additional licensing of its patent portfolio to generate future revenues and increased cash flows; reduced spending by consumers due to the uncertainty of economic and geopolitical conditions may negatively affect the Company; changes in patent or other applicable laws or in the interpretation or application of those laws could materially adversely affect WiLAN; the Company needs to acquire or develop new patents to continue and grow its business; WiLAN may not be able to compete effectively against others to acquire patent assets – any failure to compete effectively could harm its business and results of operations; the Company has made and may make future acquisitions of technologies or businesses which could materially adversely affect it; WiLAN's acquisitions of patents are time consuming, complex and costly, which could adversely affect its operating results; the Company's quarterly revenue and operating results can be difficult to predict and can fluctuate substantially; WiLAN may require investment to translate its intellectual property position into sustainable profit in the market; the generation of future V-Chip revenues and the likelihood of our signing additional V-Chip licenses could be negatively impacted by changes in government regulation; there can be no assurance as to the payment of future dividends; the Company's ability to recruit and retain management and other qualified personnel is crucial to its ability to develop, market and license its patented technologies; and WiLAN's actual financial results may vary from its publicly disclosed forecasts.
These risk factors and others relating to WiLAN are discussed in greater detail in the "Risk Factors" section of WiLAN's MD&A for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 dated June 3, 2011 (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). WiLAN recommends that readers review and consider all of these risk factors, and readers should not place undue reliance on WiLAN's forward-looking statements. WiLAN has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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