GENBAND is coming under legal fire from a Silicon Valley firm that buys intellectual property rights and shares any resulting revenue with the sellers.
Inventergy Inc., a subsidiary of publicly traded Inventergy Global Inc. (the former eOn Communications Corp.), said on Tuesday that GENBAND is infringing on five U.S. patents within its IMS and VoIP technology portfolios.
The accusation comes exactly 14 months after Inventergy purchased 182 IMS and VoIP patents and pending patent applications from Huawei, a GENBAND rival in the carrier and enterprise sectors. Inventergy also holds IMS and VoIP property from other sources.
The suit further follows GENBAND's launch earlier this year of Smart Office 2.0, a business WebRTC UC platform that relies on Internet protocol technologies. Huawei and GENBAND both have ramped up their focus on enterprises, not just service providers, over the past couple of years as those customers prove hungry for sophisticated, yet affordable, infrastructure.
Inventergy filed its suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, where GENBAND is headquartered.
Likely not by coincidence, that court also is known for attracting patent litigation. Over the years, judges in Eastern Texas have shown particular favor to patent plaintiffs, many of whom come from the technology world. The entities filing such lawsuits often are called “patent trolls" because they target other companies’ intellectual property. In most cases, they shoot for a lucrative settlement out of court; however, when negotiations don’t take off or go awry, they will take the matter in front of a judge.
But let’s be clear – Inventergy objects to a “patent troll" description.