Openet wins summary judgement in patent infringement lawsuit

Summary:Openet has won summary judgement in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Amdocs.

Dublin-based telecoms software company Openet secured the victory against the software services giant when the court concluded that Openet's software does not infringe on patents owned by Amdoc.

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The suit was filed in August 2010. Amdoc alleged that Openet infringed two U.S. patents related to Openet's mediation products, specifically its ability to gather, combine, and synthesize vast quantities of data in complex networks and systems.

Mediation is used not only to gather and process data, but is vital in business networks that implement functions including billing. In January 2011, two additional patents were added to Amdoc's original complaint.

The patents in question were awarded to a company called XACCT, which was acquired by Amdocs in 2003.

Amdoc requested financial damage and an injunction against the sale of particular Openet products.

At a court based in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Leonie Brinkema ruled on September 27 that the claim did not have merit, and dismissed the complaint that the four patents in question were infringed upon.

Openet CEO Niall Norton welcomed the court's decision, believing that the judgement vindicates the firm's "strategy of innovation over litigation". Norton said:

"Openet's long history of innovative development respects the intellectual property rights of others. I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of our staff and legal team during this process."

Topics: Patents, Big Data, Software

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