These days, most patent lawsuits are filed by so-called “patent trolls,” which can’t be counter-sued because they have no business other than litigation.
When a company files a patent lawsuit against a competitor, it can expect to be met with a counter-suit. That’s exactly what happened when Sprint used 12 VoIP patents to sue Comcast in 2011. Yesterday, Comcast’s counter-punch landed, hard.
Sprint got slapped with a $7.5 million jury verdict (PDF) for infringing three Comcast patents, after a Delaware trial ended. That’s less than the $16.5 million Comcast lawyers had asked for, but simply by sticking it out through trial and winning, Comcast’s point has surely been made: we’re not an easy target, and we will hit back.
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