SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
(Ruckus), a pioneer in development of Wi-Fi technology, today announced it
has filed suit in the United States Court for the Northern District of
California against NETGEAR(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR) and Rayspan Corporation
for patent infringement.
In its filing, Ruckus Wireless alleges that in the development of the
NETGEAR RangeMax(TM) WPN 824v3 wireless router, NETGEAR and Rayspan
infringed two Wi-Fi patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,358,912 and 7,193,562)
granted to Ruckus Wireless by the United States Patent and Trademark
The patents-in-suit are fundamental to intelligent and adaptable Wi-Fi
antenna arrays like those developed by Ruckus Wireless. Ruckus has over 70
patents granted or pending worldwide in the area of intelligent antenna or
wireless technology innovation.
In its complaint, Ruckus Wireless alleges that NETGEAR makes, uses,
offers to sell, sells and imports in the United States the RangeMax WPN
824v3 wireless router that infringes the patents-in-suit. Ruckus Wireless
also alleges that Rayspan has committed acts of contributory infringement
by making, using, offering to sell, selling and importing into the United
States components incorporated into NETGEAR wireless routers that infringe
"As a company we have single-mindedly focused on making Wi-Fi networks
robust in spite of the medium's inherent instability. We have spent years
developing what is recognized around the world as breakthrough technology
that brings new levels of range, performance and reliability to Wi-Fi,"
said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless.
"Our unique Smart Wi-Fi innovations have received dozens of industry
awards and their benefits have been available to over a million users
around the world. We have a duty to our stockholders to diligently protect
our intellectual property to keep others from benefiting from the results
of our years of hard work, research and product development and market
education," concluded Lo.
Ruckus Wireless seeks a permanent injunction that bars NETGEAR and
Rayspan from making, using, importing, offering to sell or selling the
allegedly infringing products. Ruckus is also seeking damages and
reasonable royalties realized by the sale of the RangeMax WPN 824v3
product, and possibly other infringing products, as well as statutory
In January 2005, Ruckus Wireless and NETGEAR announced and entered into
a technology licensing agreement under which Ruckus would develop the
underlying technology within the NETGEAR RangeMax 824v1 and v2 wireless
routers, the predecessors to the RangeMax 824v3 at issue. The resulting
hardware and software technology developed for NETGEAR was owned and
patented by Ruckus Wireless.
According to NETGEAR, the RangeMax 824 has quickly become one of the
fastest and best selling products in its history and the industry's "top
selling MIMO-G product line"
date, NETGEAR has shipped around the world more than 1.7 million RangeMax
824 units using Ruckus Wireless technology.
Ruckus Wireless develops, markets and manufactures its own popular
brand of award-winning Smart Wi-Fi products and systems. Ruckus was
recently recognized by the World Economic Forum as a 2007 Technology
Pioneer and, to date, has received over 20 awards for its efforts in Wi-Fi
Consequently, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology has become widely adopted
around the world as a superior method for extending the range and
increasing the reliability and performance of Wi-Fi. Smart Wi-Fi defines
the use of a miniaturized intelligent antenna array and expert control
software to form and direct Wi-Fi signals over the best path at any given
time -- continuously adapting to changes in the radio frequency (RF)
"Ruckus Wireless is a pioneer in the area of adaptive smart antenna
systems and the technology is really hard to get right," said Bill Kish,
co-founder and CTO at Ruckus Wireless. "The advances we've made in
countering the effect of interference and other RF challenges through the
combination of cost-effective antenna arrays and sophisticated antenna
control software are truly remarkable and unique. Like any technology
innovator, we are obligated to protect the intellectual property that makes
companies like ours valuable, and the investments in making difficult
innovations worthwhile," concluded Kish.
About Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Based in Sunnyvale, California, Ruckus Wireless is a next-generation
Wi-Fi company credited with pioneering "Smart Wi-Fi" technology. Named a
2007 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, Ruckus Wireless was
formed in 2004 at Sequoia Capital. The company designs, develops and
markets industrial-strength Wi-Fi systems that provide reliable
distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over
standard 802.11 technology. Its flagship product, ZoneFlex, is the first
wireless LAN system to combine the best in centralized wireless LAN
principles with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi advances such as smart antenna
arrays and wireless meshing. Its MediaFlex line of multimedia wireless
routers is used by more than 125 broadband operators around the world to
extend digital services such as IPTV throughout the home without wires. The
company's patented hardware and software technologies deliver predictable
performance, extended range and real-time adaptability to changing Wi-Fi
environments. The company has raised approximately $42 million in financing
from premier venture capital investors, consumer electronics companies and
broadband operators such as Motorola, T-Ventures, Telus, Sutter Hill
Ventures, Mitsui, Sequoia and others. Ruckus Wireless is led by President
and CEO Selina Lo. For more information, visit the company's Web site at
SOURCE Ruckus Wireless, Inc.