WiLAN Subsidiary Acquires Content Delivery Network Portfolio

OTTAWA, July 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN"), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Content Delivery Inc. has acquired a portfolio of patents and applications relating to Content Delivery Network ("CDN") technology.

A CDN architecture makes it possible for content providers to simultaneously send the same content to multiple client computing devices efficiently and reliably, even when bandwidth is limited or constrained due to sudden spikes in demand.  This is the methodology that is used to serve a large portion of internet content today, including internet television and other video streaming, software downloads and other network services. 

For example, major content providers such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon will often pay CDN operators to deliver their content to end-users using CDN architecture owned by the operator. 

Content Delivery Inc. has already documented evidence of use of this portfolio by one major player in the CDN market and will be investigating whether other players utilize the inventions covered by the acquired patents.

No upfront payment was made to acquire this patent portfolio. Net revenues generated from licensing of the patents under the agreement will be shared between WiLAN and the vendor of the patents. All other terms of the agreement are confidential.

About WiLAN

WiLAN, a Quarterhill company, is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world and helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.  The company operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, Internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies.  For more information: www.wilan.com.

Forward-looking Information
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SOURCE Wi-LAN Inc.

For further information: Jeanette Morrison, T: 613.688.3899, E: jmorrison@wilan.com

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