Motorola has acquired some interesting RF management software – and apparently some patents – with its acquisition of Wireless Valley back in December of 2005. Add the acquisition of Symbol Technology in January of this year and you’ve got some serious clout in the burgeoning 802.11 market.
So what’s next? Protect that IP. Moto has launched a lawsuit against Aruba to stop them from using certain technologies pertaining to 3D site surveying and predictive design along with a pair of related patents from Symbol dealing with wireless LAN switching. To add insult to injury, Moto is adding damages for past use. It seems that that some prior licensing attempt must have fallen through.
Aruba turned an IPO earlier this year and is apparently doing quite well financially as of the last quarter. Aruba’s stock had jumped 48% since the IPO, but after Moto's Press Release (apparently after the market closed last Friday) Aruba's stock fell when the market reopened following Labor Day. There was some some nervousness later in the day with a weak attempt at a rebound (I'm starting to talk like a stock analyst). The net affect on the first trading day after the announcement was a 6% drop, so I guess the news wasn't TOO bad as yet.
The lawsuit will be interesting to keep an eye on as there are numerous other vendors in the RF site survey space including AirMagnet, AirTight, Cisco, and Ekahau. Motorola holds a ton of patents. One can’t help but wonder how much licensing adds to it's bottom line.
The Original Press Release
Motorola’s Wireless Valley Technology
Some nice 802.11 site survey white papers from Motorola (with no registration to boot)