CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for
communications networks, has filed patent infringement lawsuits in China
and begun legal proceedings in Brazil against Comba Telecom Systems
Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates. The legal actions by CommScope,
through its Andrew LLC subsidiary, focuses on Comba’s alleged
infringement of the company’s patents related to its remote electrical
tilt (RET) technology for base station antennas used in wireless
“CommScope’s extensive portfolio of patents and intellectual property is
the result of years of effort and considerable monetary investment in
research and development,” said Randy
Crenshaw, executive vice president and chief operating officer, CommScope.
“These valuable intellectual property assets are a lifeblood of the
company and core to the innovation we deliver to customers around the
world. We have vigorously protected these valuable assets in the past
and will continue to do so in the future.”
RET system enables frequent and cost-effective beam adjustment of
the variable electrical downtilt of base
station antennas, improving the coverage, capacity, and quality of
cellular networks. CommScope, through its Andrew LLC subsidiary, owns
various patents around the world covering RET technology and actively
defends these rights. To date, CommScope has licensed its patented RET
technology to more than 10 companies around the world in the
communications networking industry.
In China, CommScope, through its Andrew
LLC subsidiary, filed lawsuits against several Comba entities in the
Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Courtbased on Comba’s
making, selling and offering for sale RET antennas that CommScope
believes infringe two of its Chinese patents. In these lawsuits,
CommScope is seeking an injunction and past damages for Comba’s
infringement. The lawsuits are ongoing.
In Brazil, CommScope requested a criminal search and seizure at Comba’s
premises in Barueri, Sao Paulo based on its belief that Comba Ind e Com
de Equipamentos de Telecomunicações Ltda was infringing Andrew LLC’s
Brazilian patents. The request was granted by judicial authorities in
Barueri and, on May 19, 2011, a number of Comba’s RET antennas were
seized together with documents related to the corresponding sales.
CommScope fully believes that the seized products infringe its Brazilian
patents and intends to take all necessary additional steps to enforce
its rights against Comba and any other unauthorized user.
has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication
networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and
technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end
solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build
high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology
changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create,
innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop
connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at
work, and on the go.
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