10/04/2007 - 09:52

ipernica launches new lawsuit in USA

10/04/2007 - 09:52

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Intellectual property consultancy ipernica Ltd, formerly QSPX Ltd, has initiated a lawsuit in the United States against a series of telecommunications companies, accusing them of infringement of the company's Statistical Multiplexing program patent.

ipernica launches new lawsuit in USA

Intellectual property consultancy ipernica Ltd, formerly QSPX Ltd, has initiated a lawsuit in the United States against a series of telecommunications companies, accusing them of infringement of the company's Statistical Multiplexing program patent.

 

 

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ipernica provides the following update in relation to its United States Statistical Multiplexing (Stat Mux) assertion licensing program.

The Company confirms that it has initiated a new lawsuit against major global telecommunications companies Ericsson, Nokia, NEC, Zhone Technologies, Ciena, UTStarcom, Futurewei Technologies and Huawei for infringement of ipernica's Stat Mux patent.

This new litigation follows on from ipernica's separate and distinct Stat Mux litigation against Cisco Systems, Lucent, Alcatel, Juniper Networks and Nortel Networks (the 'Initial Stat Mux Case') and represents a further group of significant telecommunications companies that ipernica alleges are infringing its Stat Mux patent.

ipernica notes that it is also currently engaged in litigation against Ericsson in Australia in respect of an existing licence to Ericsson for its Segmentation and Reassembly patent which, like the Stat Mux patent, is used in Asynchronous Transfer Mode protocol networks.

These proceedings have been instituted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall), which is the same court and jurisdiction where the Initial Stat Mux case is being conducted. This case will be conducted in parallel to the Initial Stat Mux Case and is being fully contingently funded under a similar funding arrangement with ipernica's U.S. lawyers, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.C.

"Commencing this new round of litigation reflects our confidence in the strength of our Stat Mux patent", said ipernica's Managing Director, Graham Griffiths. "It also demonstrates our intent to expand the Stat Mux licensing program across the telecommunications industry to include all parties that are using our technology."

The Stat Mux technology covers a widely used methodology for ensuring that telecommunications switches and routers operate efficiently, in circumstances where the capacity of the switches or routers is threatened by an overflow of traffic. Invented by researchers in Western Australia in the early 1990's, the Stat Mux Technology is relevant in Asynchronous Transfer Mode protocol networks amongst others, which are prevalent in the majority of the telecommunications systems in the US.

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