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Biamp: Injunction Doesn't Affect Products, Services

Biamp Systems confirmed that its current products, services, and technologies are not affected by the permanent injunction order granted to ClearOne Communications on April 9, 2009, which the company says formalized an earlier preliminary ruling.

Biamp Systems confirmed that its current products, services, and technologies are not affected by the permanent injunction order granted to ClearOne Communications on April 9, 2009, which the company says formalized an earlier preliminary ruling.

Biamp Systems has been involved in a court case between Salt Lake City-based ClearOne Communications and WideBand Solutions, filed in 2007. According to the company, the case claims that WideBand Solutions misappropriated ClearOne's intellectual property. Biamp Systems was named as a co-defendant in the case, based on a license agreement between WideBand Solutions and Biamp Systems.

The U.S. District Court of Central Utah issued a permanent injunction prohibiting WideBand Solutions from any use of the intellectual property, including the AEC-2W algorithm it had previously licensed to Biamp Systems. Biamp never possessed or had access to the source code for that algorithm, the company says, and had ceased using it in 2006. Since 2006, all of Biamp's products have contained its own code, which Biamp says the company developed internally.

Although it says it is unaffected by the outcome of the injunction, Biamp Systems maintains it had no knowledge of any misappropriation of the ClearOne code and intends to file an appeal.

"This injunction does not affect any of Biamp's existing products, and does not have any implications for our past or current customers," said Ralph Lockhart, president of Biamp Systems, in a statement.

Biamp expects to receive word on the final judgment from the District Court in Utah shortly, after which the company plans to file for an appeal.



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