AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas-based internet communications giant Windstream Communications said Friday that it has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a number of online service providers, accusing them of infringing on its patents.
Windstream said it is seeking class action status in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
The lawsuit, which Windstream has already filed in federal court, claims the service providers “will continue to infringe and abuse” the patents Windstream owns and licenses.
Windstock said it intends to file a motion to dismiss the complaint in the United States District Court.
Windtech is Windstream’s largest business.
WindStream said the companies “will vigorously defend themselves” against the lawsuit.
WindTech has been a strong proponent of open Internet standards, which require internet service providers to protect user privacy and free expression online.
Wind Tech also owns the largest network in the country.
Wind Stream’s lawsuit alleges that the service provider is responsible for patent infringement because its network, in addition to the network of routers and servers in its home network, is responsible “for enabling and enabling” a number