About Commil

Commil's History

Whether you are browsing web sites with your laptop or sending e-mail on a handheld device, you are probably using Commil USA technology. Commil Ltd, an Israeli company from whom the Texas company Commil USA bought the technology, created a fundamental new architecture which lies at the heart of today's wireless network products. This architecture applies to all short range communication protocols such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

"Before this technology was invented you would get a short interruption in service as your mobile device moved from one access point to another. Our patent solved that problem." says Commil USA CEO Jonathan David.

Commil was founded in 2000 by three engineers whose goal was to develop products for the wireless communications industry. They were able to develop a new technology which would allow wireless device users to transfer between access points with no service interruption.

Difficult Decisions

Even though the invention and patent covered the overall architecture, Commil needed to implement that architecture with a specific wireless protocol. At the time of its development, there was a format battle between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and Commil had to choose which technology to use for their initial products. We have recently seen something similar in the home entertainment industry. Even though someone invented the idea of saving movies on a disk, vendors had to choose between making products for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray. But as in Commil's case, just because a company may have chosen HD-DVD or Blu-Ray does not affect the fact that they invented the overall concept of putting movies on a disk.

Commil management believed that initially developing products for Bluetooth would be the best decision and was able to raise enough venture capital to begin developing a product line. However by November 2005 it became clear that Wi-Fi had become the preferred technology and Commil was unable to develop a new product line because they lacked enough funding to continue.

"This was a case of an incredible invention and technology which had a number of applications and the choice to go with Bluetooth was a good decision when it was made," says technology consultant Ari Manoach. "But the market quickly moved to Wi-Fi and Commil couldn't switch gears fast enough."

Commil CEO Yuval Dovev made the difficult decision to cease operations, return remaining funds to investors and sell the technology. “We initiated Wi-Fi projects, but this is a very crowded field and we did not have the resources to pursue it aggressively. We stopped all activities in late August, and looked at new directions, but I ultimately decided not to use up our cash, and instead to return what was left to our investors.”

The end of Commil Ltd was a painful blow to the firm's employees but they would soon discover an even more painful situation as it appeared that their work was being used by much larger companies without compensation for their work.

Launch of Commil USA

In 2007, Commil's patent was assigned to an American company, Commil USA LLC, which sought to license Commil's technology to vendors and developers while protecting the rights of the technology's inventors. As section 8 of the United States Constitution states: "The Congress shall have power to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The purpose of the patent system is to protect inventors and their contributions, the seeds of America's technological and economic strength.

After reviewing new Wi-Fi products released by major manufacturers, Commil USA LLC discovered that technology developed by the original inventors was being used without permission. The company filed patent infringement lawsuits against manufacturers including Motorola, Cisco Systems Inc., and Aruba Networks, Inc. claiming the companies were manufacturing and selling products that infringe on Commil USA's patent.

Commil USA was able to reach a settlement with Motorola but their case against Cisco is scheduled for trial in May 2010.

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