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Nokia, NEC accused of patent infringement by Xtera

Xtera, a sub-sea fiber optics solutions provider, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Nokia Corp., including Alcatel-Lucent, and NEC Corp., for alleged infringement of its intellectual property in sub-sea telecommunications systems, the company announced Dec. 22.

It is asserting five patents against the two companies.

The company's technology carries digital data across ocean waters and directly inland to cities, allowing the transmission of data between continents.

Xtera accused Nokia and NEC of incorporating patent-protected technologies without permission. It is seeking a permanent, limited exclusion order that would prevent the entry into the U.S. of products that infringe on its patents.

The company also seeks a permanent cease and desist order to prohibit Nokia and NEC from importing, selling, distributing, marketing and/or advertising and transferring any products within the U.S. that infringe on its patents.