Jury Dings Google $85M For Infringing SimpleAir Patent

Law360, Los Angeles (March 19, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury on Wednesday ordered Google Inc. to pay $85 million to SimpleAir Inc. for infringing a SimpleAir network messaging and data transmission patent through messaging services available on Android smartphones and tablets.

The jury reached the verdict following a brief damages trial that began on Tuesday. Plano, Texas-based SimpleAir had sought between $127 million and $146 million, while Google had argued that damages should be limited to $6 million.

A different jury found on Jan. 18 that Google had infringed SimpleAir's U.S. Patent No. 7,035,914 and failed to produce evidence that the patent is invalid, but that jury...

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