Maxell Scores $43M EDTX Jury Win In ZTE Patent Trial

By Dorothy Atkins (July 2, 2018, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A unanimous federal jury in the Eastern District of Texas found Friday that electronics company ZTE USA Inc. willfully infringed seven smartphone patents owned by Japanese electronics maker Maxell Ltd. and ordered ZTE USA to pay $43.3 million in damages.

The verdict ends a two-week trial in a lawsuit that Maxell initially filed against ZTE USA in November 2016. The patents-in-suit cover various technologies used in smartphones, including camera patents, a cellular data transmission patent, a power supply management patent, two audio decoding patents and a walking location patent.

Maxell and ZTE USA entered patent licensing negotiations in June 2013, but...

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