Texas Jury Hits Motorola For $9M In HD Voice Patent Trial

By Jess Krochtengel (March 24, 2017, 7:07 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury on Friday hit Motorola Mobility LLC with a $9 million verdict, finding willful infringement of five patents related to voice quality on phone calls and rejecting Motorola's claims the patents are invalid.

After a week-long trial, the eight-person jury unanimously found Motorola infringed five audio compression technology patents licensed by Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and developed by VoiceAge Corp., and awarded $9,177,483 in actual damages. The jury found Motorola infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 6,795,805, 6,807,534, 7,151,802, 7,260,521 and 7,191,123, which relate to adaptive multi-rate wideband, a technology that provides improved speech quality in phone calls and is...

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