Sprint Suing Time Warner, Comcast and Cox Over Digital Phone Patents
Just because AT&T called it quits yesterday, doesn’t mean that Sprint is ready to step out of the courtroom just yet. The Now Network is gearing up for more courtroom combat! This time they’ll be taking on cable television heavyweights: Time Warner, Comcast and Cox. Sprint claims that the trio is currently using tech that they patented nearly twenty years ago.
Sprint stated in each filing that the companies “have realized the great value in this technology and have misappropriated it without Sprint’s permission,” Sprint’s claims that twelve patents are currently being infringed upon. This dozen includes patents that Sprint sued Vonage for using, which resulted in the VOIP provider paying $80 million to license the technology after a courtroom loss in 2007.
Currently there are no court dates for any of these cases and it’s expected that they’ll make their way to a judge sometime early next year. As it stands, all three cable companies are remaining mum about this matter and have yet to release any official statements.