Ruckus Wireless Files Suit Against NETGEAR and Rayspan for Infringement of Wi-Fi Patents

May 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Ruckus Wireless, Inc.

    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
 the patents-in-suit.
     "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"
 ( To
 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
 technology innovation.
     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
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