Verizon Units Face Fiber-Optic Patent Suit

Law360, New York (August 21, 2009, 2:05 PM EDT) -- An Ann Arbor, Mich.-based patent-holding firm has rounded up three units of Verizon Communications Inc. in a patent infringement suit over fiber-optic communication technology.

Cheetah Omni LLC filed an amended complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, replacing the initial target — Verizon Communications — with three subsidiaries, Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Business Network Services Inc. and Verizon Enterprise Delivery LLC.

Grande Communications Networks Inc., an Austin-based broadband services provider, is also a defendant in the suit.

The suit, which...
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