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1 November 2012

IPtronics files claims against Avago

Designer of optical interconnect components IPtronics A/S of Roskildea, Denmark has filed claims against subsidiaries of Avago Technologies Ltd, asserting that the Singapore-based firm violated commitments made to standards setting organizations and failed to protect IPtronics' confidential information. The claims were filed as counterclaims in ongoing litigation in the US District Court in San Jose.

IPtronics alleges that Avago ignored legally binding commitments to standards setting organizations to disclose patented technology and to make that technology available for licensing, and challenges the firms’ conduct of concealing its patents from the standards organizations and then using those patents to stifle competition. Furthermore, IPtronics states that Avago induced IPtronics to disclose its confidential information through a series of misrepresentations and that Avago then failed to protect that information.

The standards in question relate to short-range, 40G and 100G multimode VCSEL-based fiber optical modules used for communications in cloud, Web 2.0, and high-performance computing applications.

Avago recently asked the US International Trade Commission to initiate an investigation against IPtronics and two other companies. IPtronics believes these claims are without merit and says it will defend itself in the ITC.

Tags: VCSEL Optical modules


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