Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has accused Bethpage, LI-based cable operator Cablevision (NYSE:CVC) of infringing on several Verizon digital set-top box patents. The complaint, filed this week with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeks to "ban imports of certain digital set-top boxes used by Cablevision."
Verizon also wants Cablevision to stop offering for sale or lease imported digital set-top boxes that allegedly violate its patents.
It says Cablevision is using Verizon set-top box technology to compete against it. Cablevision said Verizon is suing because it can't compete, according to the Associated Press.