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Michael Best Attorneys mentioned in Law360's article "Wireless Co. Beats Ubiquiti's Suit Over Hacking Firmware"

Michael Best Attorneys James P. Fieweger, Arthur Gollwitzer III, and Christopher R. Parker were mentioned in Law360's article "Wireless Co. Beats Ubiquiti's Suit Over Hacking Firmware."

Ubiquiti Networks Inc. made overly broad claims that a rival wireless networking company sells hacking firmware that uses Ubiquiti's devices as a launching point for its own service, an Illinois federal judge said Wednesday as he dismissed the case.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said Ubiquiti’s lawsuit asserted claims so broad that it was difficult to determine if it was acting outside the limits imposed by the general public license incorporated in the user agreements between it and Illinois-based Cambium Networks Inc.

Ubiquiti did clarify during a hearing that its firmware-related claims revolve around changes Cambium made to Ubiquiti’s “'proprietary user interface,' 'configuration code,' and 'calibration code,'” as well as its AirMAX platform, Judge Feinerman said. But that creates a “disconnect” because those terms are not clearly defined in its suit, the judge ruled.

“The disconnect between the broad claims articulated in the complaint, on the one hand, and Ubiquiti’s acknowledgement that the GPL and other open source software licenses limit its rights and therefore the scope of its claims, on the other, makes the scope of defendants’ allegedly unlawful conduct 'unintelligible,’” he said.

Cambium is represented by Andrew David Wilson, Hopkins Guy, Karina Smith and Jon V. Swenson of Baker Botts LLP and Arthur Gollwitzer III, Christopher R. Parker and James Peter Fieweger of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

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