ActiveVideo awarded $115M in Verizon patent suit

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 8:15am
CED staff

ActiveVideo Networks announced today that it was awarded damages totaling $115 million in its patent infringement suit against Verizon Communications, and the telco giant will appeal the ruling.

In May of last year, ActiveVideo filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Verizon Communications Inc., Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Virginia Inc. and Verizon South Inc. in the Eastern District of Virginia. The suit involved technology in the delivery of advanced television applications such as video-on-demand and interactive TV.

The lawsuit alleged that Verizon's FiOS system infringed on patents for technology created, owned and used by ActiveVideo Networks, including:

  • United States Patent No. 6,034,678, titled "Cable Television System With Remote Interactive Processor"
  • United States Patent No. 5,550,578, titled "Interactive And Conventional Television Information System"
  • United States Patent No. 6,100,883, titled "Home Interface Controller for Providing Interactive Cable Television"
  • United States Patent No. 6,205,582, titled "Interactive Cable Television System With Frame Server."

Following three weeks of proceedings, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Verizon had infringed on all asserted claims of the intellectual property owned by ActiveVideo during the deployment of Verizon's FiOS television service, according to the vendor.

"We're extremely pleased that the judge found that ActiveVideo intellectual property was valid and that the jury found that Verizon infringed on all asserted claims," said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo. "We are seeking immediate payment of the damages that have been awarded by the court; in addition, our legal team, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, will be filing an injunction against Verizon to prevent any further unlawful use of our technology."

"Verizon disagrees with the verdict and is confident that the court of appeals will agree," spokesman Robert Varettoni told PCWorld via e-mail. "The company will not be paying any damages while the appeal is under way."


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