Jury Awards $5M Verdict In Closed-Caption Phone Patent Row

By Bryan Koenig (October 8, 2015, 5:05 PM EDT) -- A jury granted Ultratec Inc. a $5.4 million damages judgment for intellectual property infringement in Wisconsin federal court Wednesday, days after rejecting Sorenson Communications Inc.'s argument that three claims in a closed-captioned telephone system patent were obvious.

The jury rejected a one-time lump sum payment and instead found for a per-minute running royalty at 3 cents per minute for 181,449,487 infringing minutes in Ultratec's suit over U.S. Patent Number 7,660,398 against its rival in the closed-captioned telephone market for the hearing impaired.

Wednesday's ruling came a day after U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson found no willful infringement on Sorenson's part,...

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