Business Irish

Friday 23 March 2018

Israeli firm appeals judgment in legal row with Irish rival

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

AN Israeli private software company is appealing a judgment from a US federal court, which claimed the company failed to provide evidence that an Irish rival infringed its patents.

Dublin-based Openet has been embroiled in a two-year legal battle initiated by Amdocs over four patents.

Amdocs sought damages, a permanent injunction prohibiting future infringement, expenses, costs and lawyers' fees.

Openet argued that Amdocs didn't provide sufficient evidence of infringement. Summary judgment of non-infringement was deemed appropriate by the court. Amdocs lodged notice of appeal with the court last month.

The two companies are also squabbling over costs.

The suit was filed in August 2010 and alleged that Openet infringed two US patents owned by Amdocs. Two additional Amdocs patents were added to the case in January 2011.

Last year, Openet hailed the court's decision as vindicating "our strategy of innovation over litigation".

Irish Independent

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