Wi-LAN subsidiary acquires patent portfolio

Patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary SecureWave Storage Solutions Inc. acquired a portfolio of patents which cover a variety of technologies including improvements to securing data for storage devices such as self-encrypting drives.

“These improvements prevent unauthorized access to data in client devices, data centers, and servers at the storage device level,” said Wi-LAN.

The patents were originally owned by Wave Systems Corp. and were offered for sale as part of a corporate reorganization.

“Wave Systems developed products with hardware-based protection critical to securing data and was a board member of the Trusted Computing Group , the standard setting body promoting hardware-based security for devices in the personal computing platform such as storage devices,” said Wi-LAN.

The portfolio was acquired in a competitive bid process for an undisclosed amount.