Charter Communications Wins Patent Dispute

Law360, New York (July 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Cable operator Charter Communications Inc. won a longstanding patent dispute involving high speed cable Internet access on Monday, when a jury returned a verdict rejecting claims that Charter infringed three patents held by Hybrid Patents Inc.

Hybrid had filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, seeking $176 million in damages from Charter Communications, a company launched in 1993 by billionaire Paul Allen, a Microsoft cofounder turned investor. Hybrid claimed it controlled patents on a method developed in the mid-1990s of...
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