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WSJ: Verdict expected soon in Verizon-Cox case

Mon, 10/06/2008 - 8:20am
Traci Patterson

According to The Wall Street Journal, a jury verdict is expected as soon as today in Verizon Communication’s patent infringement case against Cox Communications.

Verizon alleges that Cox violated six patents related to VoIP technology and is asking for past damages of $404 million, according to the WSJ.

In January, Verizon initially filed suit against Cox regarding eight patents that relate to the provisioning of VoIP calls (story here). Verizon filed the case in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.

And in February, Verizon drew a legal bead on Charter Communications by claiming that Charter had infringed on the same eight patents (story here).

Verizon, which filed its complaint against Charter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, asked for a court order that would block Charter from using the VoIP-related technology. Verizon also sought unspecified cash compensation from Charter for using the technologies without its permission.

Last year, four of the eight patents became the focal point of Verizon’s successful lawsuit against standalone VoIP provider Vonage. Vonage settled that case for $120 million after a jury in Virginia found that Vonage infringed on three of the patents.

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