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Draka Comteq responds to Furukawa lawsuit, launches legal action of its own

Draka Comteq Americas, Inc, a joint venture of Alcatel-Lucent and Draka Holding NV, has responded to a lawsuit for ...


August 17, 2007  


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Draka Comteq Americas, Inc, a joint venture of Alcatel-Lucent and Draka Holding NV, has responded to a lawsuit for alleged patent infringement filed against it in North Carolina Federal Court by Furukawa Electric North America (FENA), owner of OFS Fitel.

In its response, Draka Comteq Americas, a manufacturer of fiber optic and copper communications cables, denied all allegations that it has infringed any patents allegedly owned by FENA.

In addition, the company has filed a patent infringement case against FENA and its subsidiary, OFS Fitel, in the U.S District Court in Marshall, Tex.

In that case, Draka Comteq Americas said it identified at least eight valid and enforceable U.S. patents that FENA and OFS Fitel infringe, and requests as a remedy both monetary damages and injunctive relief.

“Our response in the North Carolina lawsuit demonstrates our strong belief that Draka Comteq Americas has not infringed anyone’s patent rights and that we will be totally vindicated in this proceeding.” said Jacques Blanc, the companys chief operating officer.