SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 13, 2011
NEUTRAL TANDEM, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
550 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(Address of principal executive offices, including Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
Peerless Network, Inc.
Proceeding in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
As previously disclosed, on June 12, 2008, Neutral Tandem, Inc. (the Company) commenced a patent infringement action against Peerless Network, Inc., Peerless Network of Illinois, LLC, and John Barnicle (collectively, Peerless Network) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to enforce U.S. Patent No. 7,123,708 (the 708 Patent) (Neutral Tandem, Inc. v Peerless Network, Inc., Peerless Network of Illinois, LLC and John Barnicle, 08 CV 3402). On September 2, 2010, the trial court issued an opinion and order granting Peerless Networks motion for summary judgment against the Company. The court found that the 708 Patent is invalid in light of a prior patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,137,800. On December 20, 2010, the Company filed notice that it planned to appeal the courts order granting Peerless Networks motion for summary judgment and finding that the 708 Patent is invalid. Oral argument in the Companys appeal was heard on December 8, 2011.
On December 13, 2011, the appeals court affirmed the trial courts ruling. The courts decision means that the business status quo that has existed since Peerless Network commenced operations will continue, namely that the parties will continue to compete directly without legal restriction. As such, the Company is evaluating all of its options.
For more information concerning the history of the litigation, as well as the inter partes reexamination of the 708 Patent currently being conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, please refer to the Companys Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|NEUTRAL TANDEM, INC.|
/s/ Richard L. Monto
|Date: December 13, 2011||Name:||Richard L. Monto|