03 January 2018
| James Pearce
Xtera has launched legal action against both Nokia and NEC Corporation, claiming both firms and their subsidiaries have infringed on its patents.
In a filing with the US International Trade Commission, the
subsea cable technology specialist said it seeks to "prevent
the companies from importing and selling in the US products
that infringe on Xtera’s patents."
Xtera is also seeking a permanent cease and desist order
that prohibits Nokia and NEC from importing, selling,
distributing, marketing and/or advertising, and transferring
any products within the US that infringe on its patents.
Xtera is asserting five patents against Nokia, including
subsidiary Alcatel Submarine Networks, and NEC, including: U.S.
Patent Nos.: 8,380,068; 7,860,403; 8,971,171; 8,351,798; and
Alleged products in breach include Nokia’s
Photonic Service Engine 2 and 1620LM Submarine Line Terminal
Equipment. For NEC, its NS Series Submarine Repeatered Subsea
Systems are at issue, according to reports.
Keith Henderson, founder and chief operating officer of
Xtera, said: "Xtera’s investment in R&D,
commitment to innovation, and focus on providing high-quality
solutions to customers have always been, and will always be, at
the core of our strategy. Our relentless pursuit of that
strategy has transformed the subsea telecommunications
industry, helping to enable the effective and efficient
transmission of data across continents and around the
"We are proud of our achievements and our role as an
industry pioneer, and we cannot allow our competitors to
unfairly, and illegally, take advantage of our technology. By
initiating legal action, Xtera is not only taking steps to
protect what is lawfully ours, but we are also helping to
ensure that innovation and intellectual property, which are
essential to scientific advancement, are appropriately
Capacity contacted both Nokia and NEC for a statement. NEC
said it will send one in the coming days.
A spokesperson for Nokia said: "We are studying the
claims and will take whatever steps are necessary to protect
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