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CommScope files patent suit against Comba

Posted: 21 Jun 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement lawsuit  court injunction  remote electrical tilt (RET) technology 

CommScope Inc., a communications network infrastructure solutions provider, has filed patent infringement lawsuits in China and begun legal proceedings in Brazil against Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Ltd and its affiliates for allegedly manufacturing and selling or offering to sell its remote electrical tilt (RET) technology for base station antennas used in wireless networks.

CommScope, through its Andrew LLC subsidiary, owns various RET technology patents around the world and has licensed the patented technology to more than 10 communications networking companies worldwide. CommScope's patented RET system improves the coverage, capacity, and quality of cellular networks by enabling frequent and cost-effective beam adjustments of the variable electrical downtilt of base station antennas.

In China, CommScope, through its Andrew LLC subsidiary, has on-going lawsuits against several Comba entities in the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court for allegedly infringing two of its Chinese patents. CommScope has asked the Court to issue an injunction and to grant past damages for Comba's alleged infringement.

In Brazil, judicial authorities in Barueri, Sao Paulo granted CommScope's request for a criminal search and seizure order against Comba Ind e Com de Equipamentos de Telecomunicações Ltda's premises, and on May 19, 2011, a number of Comba's RET antennas were seized together with their corresponding sales documents.

CommScope said it believes that the seized products infringed on Andrew LLC's Brazilian patents which the company said it intends to protect against Comba and any other unauthorised user.

According to CommScope executive VP and CEO Randy Crenshaw, the company's extensive portfolio of patents and intellectual property "is the result of years of effort and considerable monetary investment in research and development, (and represents) valuable intellectual property assets that serve as (the company's) lifeblood and core to the innovation" that it delivers to customers around the world. "We have vigorously protected these valuable assets in the past and will continue to do so in the future," Crenshaw stressed.

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