Forbes reported on 9/25:
After three weeks of testimony and two days of deliberations, the Kansas City jurors determined that Vonage deliberately violated the patents. U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum could triple the damages if he agrees with the decision.
The damages were $69.5 million for infringing on six of Sprint's patents.
**See also AP report on Verizon case-->
Vonage Patent Ruling Partly Upheld, which included:
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [CAFC], which hears patent cases from around the country, partially upheld the March verdict [in the Verizon case], directing the trial court to reconsider the verdict on one of the three patents. It also remanded the damages and royalty awards for the lower court to decide.
The awards were remanded because the lower court did not specify which portion of the damages was attributable to which patent, Blair Levin, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus, said in a note to investors.
The appeals court found that the district court improperly construed part of the third patent, which involves wireless access to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service. Vonage spokesman Charles Sahner said the technology pertains to less than 10 percent of the company's customers.