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A Bellevue-based company, Intellectual Ventures, was awarded $43 million after T-Mobile and Ericsson were found guilty of infringing on the Patents of the company by a Texas Jury on Feb. 8.
$34 million was awarded to T-Mobile and $9 million to Ericsson for their infringing the company’s patents for wireless services for the LTE network. T-Mobile and Ericsson failed to provide convincing evidence to the Jury that Intellectual Ventures’ claims that involved the patents not valid. After a week’s trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall finally, a decision was made.
T-Mobile and Ericsson did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Whereas Johnny Ward of Ward, Smith & Hill PLLC, who represented Intellectual Ventures, said, “We are grateful for the jurors’ attention in this case and their decision in favour of our client,” he added to his statement, “This verdict shows you can’t infringe on another company’s patents and expect to get away with it.”
The patents-in-suit trial included U.S. Patents 6,628,629, 7,412,517 and RE46,206 owned by Intellectual Ventures for wireless transmissions.