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Auctioned Patents For Fixed-Wireless Technology Haunt Charter Communications

Law360 (September 26, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Cable operator Charter Communications is facing patent litigation for its data transmission technology from a small licensing firm, the owner of patents once held by its bankrupt fixed-wireless competitor.

Charter, launched in 1993 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, was sued by Fort Worth, Texas-based Hybrid Patents Inc. over patents relating to the upstream and downstream transmission of data over cable networks, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Hybrid is seeking royalties for past infringement, trebled damages for willfulness, as well as...
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