Alcatel has strongly denied that it is guilty of patent infringement in the face of allegations of intellectual property irregularities brought by US telco equipment firm OFS/Fitel.
The French telecoms equipment and networking giant filed a response in a US District Court pointing out that its patented TeraLight optical fibre has been widely available since 1999.
Prior to the filing of this litigation, Alcatel said it had informed OFS/Fitel that the TeraLight products did not use the Fitel patent and that the Fitel patent was not valid.
"OFS/Fitel was well aware of the invalidity of its patent but nonetheless chose to respond by bringing this litigation," stated Alcatel.
"Alcatel strongly believes the marketplace should not be misled by the claims in the Fitel lawsuit regarding Alcatel products that have been in the market for several years."
The company promised to "vigorously defend TeraLight" and its position in the marketplace "by showing the OFS/Fitel claim is baseless and that the Fitel patent is neither infringed, nor valid, nor enforceable".
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