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Airvana Wins Injunction in $330 Million Ericsson Suit

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Airvana Network Solutions Inc. was granted a preliminary injunction in its intellectual-property lawsuit against Ericsson AB, the world’s largest maker of wireless networks.

Airvana, a Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based provider of network-infrastructure software, sued Ericsson in February 2012 for more than $330 million, accusing the Stockholm-based company of developing software based on Airvana trade secrets and using it to operate wireless network equipment to avoid paying license fees.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Kapnick, in an order dated yesterday, granted Airvana’s request for an injunction blocking Ericsson from “using, operating, testing or deploying” certain hardware unless it’s using software licensed from Airvana.

“Airvana has met its burden of showing that it will suffer irreparable harm absent the requested injunctive relief,” Kapnick wrote.

Kathy Egan, a spokeswoman for Ericsson in the U.S., didn’t immediately respond to a voice-mail message seeking comment on the ruling.

The case is Airvana Network Solutions Inc. v. Ericsson Inc., 650360-2012, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in New York State Supreme Court at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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