Lucent has slapped a lawsuit on Cisco claiming it has infringed eight networking technology patents.
The patents cover technology used in routers, frame relay equipment and ATM tools.
Lucent said it is protecting the intellectual property of Bell Labs, its research and development arm. Some of the technology is licensed to other data networking vendors.
It said it had ?no option? other than to sue because its 18-month long negotiations with Cisco had failed to find a resolution.
A Cisco spokesperson said the company was ?disappointed? by the action but declined to comment further, claiming the firm had yet to see the lawsuit.
Said Michael Greene, president of intellectual property at Lucent: ?We license our patents to many companies in the industry, and our goal is to receive fair value for Bell Labs? discoveries and innovations - innovations that are the result of more than $3 billion in annual investment. We?re looking to protect our intellectual property with the appropriate agreements and for proper compensation.?
The company is seeking damages and an injunction.
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