Friday, 2 January 2009

Lycatel Ireland faces fine for violating German court’s order – Ireland

According to IDT Corporation, a leading telecommunications company in the US, Lycatel Ireland and its Managing Director have been fined EUR 30,000 (USD 41,934.6) each by a German court for violating the court’s order in a patent infringement case filed by Prepaid Cards, IDT’s Belgian affiliate.

On May 13, 2008, the District Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, found that Lycatel Ireland, Lycatel Services and some present and former Directors of the company had infringed upon the German part of the European patent EP 0 572 991. This patent is an exclusive license of Prepaid Cards, and is related to a procedure for processing prepaid telephone calls. According to the court, defendants provided prepaid calling card services in Germany with respect to the calling cards according to the type Messenger, Matrix, GHANAtel, Nigeriatel, Turkeytel. IndiaTEL, Pakistantel, Banglatel, Europetel. Arabtel, Africatel, MAXIAfrica, Maxiworld, Globaltel and Easterntel.

Lycatel is a provider of calling cards, carrier to carrier wholesale, MVNO and residential indirect access services. The company claims to have more than 8.5 million customers.