Alcatel Accused Of Duping Standard-Setting Body

Law360, New York (August 3, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Alcatel SA, the French telecommunications giant, duped a global standard-setting body into adopting industrywide standards without disclosing that it held patent applications for the technology, according to a federal antitrust lawsuit filed this week.

The lawsuit was filed by Foundry Networks Inc., a networking company that uses Alcatel’s user-authentication technology. The ubiquitous technology verifies whether or not a computer user is authorized to access a particular network.

Foundry claims the technology was standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and adopted by the...
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