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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 17, 2010

Verizon Hits Cablevision with Patent Lawsuit

By Erin Harrison, Senior Editor

Verizon filed a complaint against Cablevision Systems (News - Alert) this week alleging that it infringed its patented technology for television set-top boxes, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The five patents in question relate to Verizon’s (News - Alert) FiOS TV services; company officials from Verizon said it limited its complaint to a single claim for each disputed patent in an effort to resolve the issue within 12 months, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The ITC notice on the complaint did not describe what exactly was being infringed other than to say that the dispute involved certain set-top boxes, according to Reuters (News - Alert).
The two companies are fierce competitors in the New York area, competing for video, Internet as well as phone customers.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that Verizon is having difficulty competing on the merits in the marketplace, so they are resorting to filing lawsuits and pursuing regulatory bailouts,” Cablevision said in an e-mailed statement to Reuters.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's print publications, including "Internet Telephony", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications (News - Alert)" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison