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HFCL calls STL's patent infringement allegations 'baseless'

HFCL calls STL's patent infringement allegations 'baseless'

Mumbai, Jan 22 (UNI) Himachal Futuristic Communications (HFCL), which is currently embroiled in the alleged patent infringement litigation filed by Sterlite Technologies, on Saturday claimed that the allegations are "baseless".

Acting upon the complaint filed by Sterlite Technologies in the Delhi High Court, the Court restrained HFCL and its subsidiaries for allegedly manufacturing and selling optic fibre cable based on STL's multitube technology, in a patent infringement case.

In a statement, HFCL said, "...the claim is based on misleading information given by STL for registration of impugned patent."

The product in question is STL’s Multitube Micro Cable technology, which is a part of STL’s optical networking solutions.

Earlier, STL had said, "This product was researched and developed in‐house and has been integral to many large‐scale digital networks built by STL’s diverse customer base. The company currently has a global patent portfolio of 678 protecting STL’s innovative technologies across optical networking, system integration, 5G, and wireless solutions."

HFCL however claimed that the product in question is being manufactured and used globally by a multitude of corporations for more than last 15 years and "patent claims made by STL have no veracity, whatsoever."

HFCL further said that it has been manufacturing the multi-tube micro cable since 2014 as per customer specifications, much before the date of application of patent by STL and that there is no infringement of the impugned patent.

“HFCL has the highest-standards of corporate governance and integrity and adherence to the law.

The company said that the STL’s claim holds no-merit and it has more than strong defense to present the same in the court to vacate the ex-parte interim restrain order. "We have not only payed for the vacation of the said ex-parte interim restrain order in court but also for rejecting the STL’s infringement claims. We will also protect our interests from any such future claims arising out of misleading information. Also, the sale of impugned product has had very little contribution to the overall market share of OFC that the company has in India and abroad," a HFCL spokesperson said in the statement.

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