Ciena, Broadwing Settle Patent Dispute Over Optical Networking Technology

Law360, New York (April 3, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- Broadwing Corp. has agreed to pay rival Ciena Corp. $35 million in three equal annual installments to settle a five-year-old patent dispute between the two optical networking companies.

Because Broadwing is a Ciena customer, Ciena will allow the carrier to apply $33 million of the total payment toward Ciena equipment and services “at market prices,” the two companies said.

“We currently use Ciena equipment in our network, and are pleased to continue our relationship with this respected network vendor,” said David R. Huber, chairman of the...
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