Jury To Mull If Sprint Infringed Comcast Patent In $153M Row

Law360, Philadelphia (February 16, 2017, 6:49 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal jury is poised to begin deliberating whether Sprint has been infringing a patent held by cable giant Comcast over text messaging operations, after closing arguments wrapped up in the $153 million case on Thursday.

The two-and-a-half week trial has drilled in on a patent that Comcast acquired from Nokia in 2007. Comcast argues that Sprint's cellular operations have been infringing on the patent since 2006, and the cable company is seeking $153 million in damages.

Evidence has focused on whether Sprint's text messaging servers operate outside of the “core network elements” of its cellular network and so infringe...

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