Novatel Wireless, manufacturers of the MiFi personal hotspot as well as other mobile broadband equipment have filed suit in the Southern District of California against both Franklin and ZTE related to key patents concerning the MiFi functionality and architecture. CEO Peter Leparulo has prepared the following statement:
“Novatel Wireless invented the MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot and with that created a whole new product category in the wireless ecosystem”. “We’re confident that we will continue to lead the market, but competitors need to rely on their own inventions rather than infringe on ours.”
ZTE and Franklin have yet to respond to the suit, while Novatel claims U.S./international key patents and patent applications around elements of its MiFi mobile hotspot.