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31 Décembre 2010 06:31 WiLAN Receives Positive Court Ruling
OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Dec. 31, 2010) - Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN" or the
"Company") (TSX:WIN), a leading technology innovation and licensing company,
today announced that U.S. District Court Judge T. John Ward has issued an
important ruling concerning the Court's claim construction of U.S. Patent No.
5,282,222 and its applicability to Wi-Fi products.

In settlement discussions with the defendants, it became apparent to WiLAN,
that WiLAN and the defendants were applying the Court's claim construction
differently. In light of this, WiLAN requested the Court to revisit its claim
construction and to clarify its construction of the term "amplitude and phase
differential characteristics." In the order, the Court granted WiLAN's motion
and will change the construction of this term to "characteristics of both the
amplitude and the difference in phase caused by the wireless channel."

The ruling resolves a key issue in WiLAN's favour that was the subject of
current summary judgment motions by the defendants. Since this is a
significant change to the Court's claim construction, which may require the
defendants to revise their expert reports and defense in the action, the Court
granted a slight delay in the trial in this matter to February 2, 2011 with
jury selection to begin on January 21, 2011. The case was scheduled for trial
on January 4, 2011.

"We are very pleased with the court's ruling," said Bill Middleton, Senior
Vice-President & General Counsel. "This modest delay may assist in settlement
discussions currently underway with a number of defendants. The court ruling
will also further reinforce our infringement position at trial."

About WiLAN

WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing
company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 240 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 970
issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.

Forward-looking Information

Certain statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact,
may include forward-looking information that involves various risks and
uncertainties that face the Company; such statements may contain such words as
"may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe",
"estimate", "expect" and similar expressions, and may be based on management's
current assumptions and expectations related to all aspects of the wireless
and wireline telecommunications industries and the global economy. Risks and
uncertainties that may face the Company include, but are not restricted to:
licensing of the Company's patents can take an extremely long time and may be
subject to variable cycles; the Company is currently reliant on licensees
paying royalties under existing licensing agreements and additional licensing
of its patent portfolio to generate future revenues and increased cash flows;
the Company's revenues may fluctuate based on individual licensees' growth and
success rates in their respective markets, the impact of seasonality and other
market factors on individual licensees' businesses and other factors outside
of the Company's control; the Company's revenues can vary significantly from
quarter to quarter depending upon the type of royalty agreement with
licensees, the timing of royalty reporting by licensees and fluctuations in
foreign currency; the Company may be required to establish the enforceability
of its patents in court in order to obtain material licensing revenues;
changes in patent laws or in the interpretation or application of patent laws
could materially adversely affect the Company; a court may determine that
certain of the Company's patents are not infringed by certain standards or
products or may disagree with management with respect to whether one or more
of the Company's patents apply to certain standards or products, which could
adversely affect the Company; certain of the Company's patents are, and others
may be, subject to administrative proceedings that could invalidate or limit
the scope of those patents; the Company will need to acquire or develop new
patents to continue and grow its business; fluctuations in foreign exchange
rates impact and may continue to impact the Company's revenues and operating
expenses, potentially adversely affecting financial results; the Company has
made and may make acquisitions of technologies or businesses which could
materially adversely affect the Company; the Company 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 the
Company signing additional V-Chip licenses could be negatively impacted by
changes in government regulation; the Company is dependent on its key officers
and employees; the price of the Company's common shares is volatile and
subject to market fluctuation; and the Company may be negatively affected by
reduced consumer spending due to the uncertainty of economic and geopolitical
conditions. These risks and uncertainties may cause actual results to differ
from information contained in this release, when estimates and assumptions
have been used to measure, predict and/or report results. There can be no
assurance that any statements of forward-looking information contained in this
release will prove to be accurate. Actual results and future events could
differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all
subsequent written and oral statements containing forward-looking information
are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are
made and expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. Except as
required by applicable laws, the Company assumes no obligation to update
forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or
opinions change. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any
statements of forward-looking information that speak only as of the date of
this release. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties
relating to the Company's business are contained under the heading "Risk
Factors" in WiLAN's current Annual Information Form and its other filings with
the various Canadian securities regulators which are available online at
www.sedar.com.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of
an offer to buy any securities in the United States.

All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property of their
respective owners.


Contact:

Wi-LAN Inc.
Tyler Burns
Director, Investor Relations & Communications
O: 613.688.4330 or C: 613.697.0367
tburns@wilan.com
www.wilan.com




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