In the patent world, at least when it comes to litigation, Australia’s largest public sector research body is best known for a yearslong effort to enforce a foundational wireless local access network (WLAN) patent that netted well over $400 million in revenue - as well as ludicrous accusations that it is a patent troll. In May, that effort finally came to an end for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), almost five years after its last suit over the wireless technology. But a recent case filed by BASF Plant Science in a US district court sheds light on some of CSIRO’s more recent licensing efforts, and may potentially preview further assertions.

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