7 April 2020
Firecomms wins German court appeal regarding alleged infringement of Broadcom patent
Firecomms Ltd of Cork, Ireland and Tongxiang, China (which manufactures plastic fiber-optic solutions and optical transceiver modules for communications networks) says that on 26 March the Munich Higher District Court issued a written judgment stating that the appeal of Avago Technologies International Sales Pte Ltd (Broadcom) against the judgment of the Munich District Court I of 27 April 2018 (Az. 21 0 16494/14) is rejected and that plaintiff must bear the costs of the appeal.
This second instance win for Firecomms follows from its win in the original infringement action concerning Broadcom’s German designation of European Patent No. 1 511 198 B1 (patent 198).
“The Munich Higher District Court has upheld the original judgement that Firecomms does not infringe Broadcom’s patent 198,” says Firecomms’ managing director Dr John D. Lambkin. “The real winner here is healthy market competition,” he adds. Lambkin thanks Firecomms’ European customers for their support and the firm’s legal team of Simmons&Simmons LLP and patent agent Westphal, Mussgnug & Partner for their professional services.
Firecomms pioneered the commercialization of resonant-cavity light-emitting diodes (RCLEDs), which are used in the RedLink industrial plastic fiber-optic (POF) transceivers as well as the connectorless OptoLock and LC families of products, deployed in a range of power and energy, industrial control, medical and consumer applications.