Court Tells Verizon to Pay ActiveVideo
Telco Loses Appeal Over Patent Case They Started
Back in August of last year
, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded ActiveVideo Networks $115 million, ruling that Verizon infringed on four TV-related patents owned by the company. Activevideo then pursued and won an injunction against Verizon. Activevideo says Verizon long-ago started the whole mess; they say they approached Verizon to license their technology back in 2005 -- but that Verizon refused a deal, and instead took legal action against Cablevision -- for using the same patented technology. Verizon appealed, but a federal appeals court has ruled in ActiveVideo's favor
, telling Verizon to pay $260 million and future royalties for the patents used. On the positive side for Verizon, the ruling lifted an injunction for Verizon meaning they can go ahead and use those patents -- provided that
you pay for it.