Japanese Teleco Loses Bid For U.S. Court Immunity

Law360, New York (February 2, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japan’s largest telecommunications company has lost a battle in its long-running patent war with the University of Texas, with a court ruling the company was not entitled to immunity from U.S. jurisdiction.

After a six-year legal wrangle, the U.S. Court of Appeals found last week that Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. was not an “organ of a foreign state” under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and was answerable under the U.S. state court system.

The University of Texas filed a lawsuit back in June 2001, claiming...
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