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Press Release -- May 20th, 2014
Source: Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent initiates network security patent infringement litigation against Fortinet and Sophos

Paris, May 20, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE : ALU) has announced it has initiated a litigation claiming patent infringement in Federal Court in the District of Delaware against Sophos and its subsidiary Cyberoam.

Alcatel-Lucent seeks compensation for products and services of Sophos and Cyberoam that infringe five patents relating to network security and network management. The company has determined that Sophos and Cyberoam are implementing Alcatel-Lucent’s patented technology in its products and services without authorization.

This is the second patent infringement lawsuit initiated by Alcatel-Lucent in May.  Earlier this month, on May 1, Alcatel-Lucent also filed a lawsuit against Fortinet in Delaware on seven patents that Alcatel-Lucent believes are being infringed by Fortinet products and services.

Craig Thompson, VP, Intellectual Property at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Alcatel-Lucent has made and continues to make a very substantial investment into research and innovation and we have a responsibility to our shareholders and employees to generate value from the intellectual property assets resulting from that investment.  Alcatel-Lucent is committed to enforcing and defending our intellectual property rights in court where companies utilize our patented technology without authorization and are unwilling to fairly compensate Alcatel-Lucent.”


We are at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, and to enterprises and institutions throughout the world.

Underpinning us in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of the Group and one of the world’s foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Our innovations have resulted in our Group being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012’s Top 50 “World’s Most Innovative Companies”. We have also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being named Industry Group Leader in the Technology Hardware & Equipment sector in the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices review, for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the Group’s mission to realize the potential of a connected world.

With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2013, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

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