RSCC is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 7,399,115, which is directed to fire resistant cable splices. The patented technology allows builders to splice cables that are required to survive certain fire and heat conditions to ensure power to vital equipment such as smoke ventilation fans, fire alarms, and the like in the event of a fire. RCC alleges that Prysmian had previously made bids for projects that would have resulted in infringement of the ‘115 patent, but had not won any contracts In May, however, RSCC learned that Prysmian had launched a new fire-resistant cable splice that used ceramifiable tape, as claimed in the patent. RSCC states that the use of such tape in a splice would result in infringement, and that Prysmian had been awarded several contracts based on the availability of this product. RSCC alleges direct, contributory and induced infringement.
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