Openet wins summary judgment in patents case filed by Amdocs

2 Oct 2012

Dublin-headquartered telecoms software company Openet has won a summary judgment in a US court in a lawsuit filed by software and services giant Amdocs. The court found that Openet’s software does not infringe Amdoc’s patents.

In a suit filed in August 2010, Amdocs alleged that Openet infringed two of its US patents and sought money damages and an injunction against the sale of certain Openet products.

Two additional Amdocs patents were added to the case in January 2011.

Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia last week denied Amdocs’ claim and ruled that none of Openet’s products infringed the four patents in question.

Amdocs’ attempted injunction related to Openet’s mediation products, specifically their ability to gather, combine and synthesise the huge quantities of data generated within the world’s largest and most complex networks.

Openet Mediation enables the efficient analysis of data that would otherwise be too large and varied to process.

Openet founder and CTO Joe Hogan said the judgement vindicates the company’s strategy of innovation over litigation.

“Amdocs’ action shows it regards Openet as a serious competitive threat,” said Hogan. “Customers choose Openet because we channel our energy into creating better products instead of into litigation.

“Today’s judgment again proves that serving customers through product innovation is ultimately the best business strategy,” Hogan added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years