SOURCE: IPtronics A/S

IPtronics A/S

October 31, 2012 08:05 ET

IPtronics Files Claims Against Avago for Violating Standards and Misuse of Trade Secrets

IPtronics Takes Leadership Role to Protect Innovation for 40G and 100G Optical Communications on Behalf of Customers, Partners, and Open Standards

ROSKILDE, DENMARK--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2012) - IPtronics A/S, a leader in the design of optical interconnect components for digital communications, announced today that it filed claims against subsidiaries of Avago Technologies Ltd. after the Singapore-based company deliberately violated commitments made to standards setting organizations and failed to protect IPtronics' confidential information. The claims were filed as counterclaims in ongoing litigation in the U.S. District Court in San Jose.

In making these claims, IPtronics alleges that Avago ignored legally binding commitments to standards setting organizations to disclose patented technology and to make that technology available for licensing. IPtronics challenges Avago's improper conduct of concealing its patents from the standards organizations and then improperly using those patents to stifle competition. IPtronics also states that Avago induced IPtronics to disclose its confidential information through a series of misrepresentations and that Avago then failed to protect that information.

The standards abuses detailed in the filing impact short-range, 40G and 100G multimode VCSEL-based fiber optical modules used for communications in cloud, Web 2.0, and high-performance computing applications. IPtronics alleges that Avago's conduct threatens not only IPtronics but also other manufacturers and distributors of optical interconnect equipment, all of whom were the intended beneficiaries of commitments Avago is now disregarding. IPtronics strongly believes that these illegal actions on behalf of Avago will stifle the innovation needed in this market and adversely affect the entire industry.

IPtronics also notes that Avago recently expanded its claims against the optical interconnect industry by asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to initiate an investigation against IPtronics and two other companies. IPtronics believes these claims are without merit and will defend itself aggressively in the ITC, to the benefit of the industry and, ultimately, to the consumers of advanced technology products.

About IPtronics A/S

IPtronics is a leading industry innovator and provider of optical interconnect products for the computer communications market. The IPtronics technology enables low cost, low power, and small size optical interconnect solutions for computer manufactures to adopt next generation high-speed interfaces and backplanes to overcome the physical constraints that would otherwise be imposed by using copper-based connections. www.iptronics.com

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