Monday, February 05, 2007

Study Indicates "Explosive" Growth in WiMax Patent Activity

A recent 500-page study published by West Technology Research Solutions (WTRS) shows that WiMax patent activity has experienced a dramatic surge in the last year. WiMax is primarily used for providing Nomadic connectivity, connecting Wi-Fi hotspots with each other and to other parts of the Internet, and providing a wireless alternative to cable and DSL. Cellular companies are evaluating WiMAX as a means of increasing bandwidth for a variety of data-intensive applications; Sprint Nextel has announced in mid-2006 that it will be investing about US$ 3 billion in a WiMAX technology buildout over the next few years, together with Interl, Motorola and Samsung.

WTRS has provided previous editions of the "WiMax Patent Directory" - the most notable aspect of this year's study is that last year's directory covered about 50 new patents and this year's new Report studies over 475.

Patents are tracked for mobile and fixed WiMAX and related technologies such as WiBRO. Both US and worldwide patents are evaluated by company, with a focus on fundamental network architecture, enabling software, and RF chipsets. The Report also offers analysis of current and pending WiMAX-related patent litigation, and analysis of IP and Patents with registered IEEE Letters of Assurance.

To view the table of contents, and to order the report, click here.

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