Sprint wins 2011 patent dispute against Time Warner Cable

Monday 6 March 2017 | 09:58 CET | News

A federal court in Kansas City has awarded Sprint USD 139.8 million, saying Time Warner Cable infringed on its patents for VoIP, Bloomberg reported. The suit was originally filed in 2011, with Sprint alleging that TWC, Comcast, Cox and Cable One used infringed on at least 12 VoIP patents by selling systems and services that used technology protected by the patents.

Sprint filed the suit against Time Warner Cable and other cable television companies in 2011, claiming they used, without permission, Sprint inventions for transmitting phone calls over digital lines. The jury said that Time Warner Cable, now owned by Charter Communications, willfully infringed the patents, which means the judge could increase the award by as much as three times the amount set by the jury. Sprint said it was pleased with the verdict. Charter said it was considering its options.

A trial on similar claims by Sprint against Comcast Cable Communications is scheduled to begin next week before the same judge in Kansas City, Kansas, according to the court’s docket.

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