EchoStar sues, seeks ruling it doesn’t infringe Finisar patent

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EchoStar Communications Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite-TV provider, sued fiber-optic equipment maker Finisar Corp., asking a court to rule it doesn’t infringe a patent for a system to organize satellite-data transmissions.

EchoStar, based in Douglas County, claimed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, that
Finisar may file its own suit over the patent.

"Finisar has made statements and taken positions that have given EchoStar a reasonable belief that Finisar is
contemplating litigation against EchoStar," the company said in its complaint.

Finisar, based in Sunnyvale, California, won as much as $115 million after a U.S. jury in Beaumont, Texas, said June
23 that DirecTV Group Inc. infringed the same patent. DirecTV, based in El Segundo, California, is No. 1 in satellite
television.

Finisar reported a $24.9 million loss on $364.3 million in 2005 sales.

Jerry Rawls, Finisar chief executive officer, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

The case is EchoStar Satellite LLC v. Finisar Corp., 06CV425, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/tech/article/0,2777,DRMN_23910_4836492,00.html
 

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