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Corning court action alleges patent infringement

Thu, 07/05/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

Corning Inc. says it initiated action against Lannion, France-based HighWave Optical Technologies, alleging patent infringement. The company started the process in a Federal District Court.

HighWave issued a statement today that says it learned of the complaint from published press reports and that it can't comment without more details.

It adds it will take all necessary action to resolve the issue, but noted that "according to the information made public by Corning, HighWave Optical has sold no products using the technology in question in the United States market and the action would have no impact on HighWave Optical's business."

For its part, Corning alleges HighWave infringed on a Corning patent regarding a photonic optical fiber. Citing the complaint as "an ongoing effort to enforce our intellectual property rights," Corning GM and Division VP of Optical Transport Products Frank Little said the company acts, "When we find unauthorized use of our technology."

Corning was founded in 1851, and makes optical fiber, cable and photonic products.

HighWave was founded in 1998 by two physicists with 10 years' experience in designing and developing optical components at the France Telecom research center CNET.

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