Verizon loses £70 million patent infringement case

Cloud-based TV infrastructure company ActiveVideo has won a $115 million (£70 million) judgment against Verizon Communications for infringement of its patents.

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Cloud-based TV infrastructure company ActiveVideo has won a $115 million (£70 million) judgment against Verizon Communications for infringement of its patents.

ActiveVideo sells CloudTV, an infrastructure for delivering programming, web content and applications to any TV set-top box and a variety of other home electronics, such as Blu-ray players. ActiveVideo sued Verizon in May 2010, alleging that the carrier violated four of its patents in the FiOS TV service that runs on Verizon's fibre-to-the-home network.

On Tuesday, a jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found in ActiveVideo's favour on all its asserted claims of patent infringement, ActiveVideo said. The jury awarded ActiveVideo $115 million in damages. ActiveVideo said it also plans to file an injunction against Verizon to keep the carrier from further unlawful use of the technology.

ActiveVideo said it has a large portfolio of patents dating back to the early 1990s. Its customers include cable operator Cablevision.

Verizon officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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