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Judge boosts ActiveVideo's award against Verizon

Interest and damages for ongoing infringement bring the total to $140 million

A federal judge has boosted the award to cloud-based TV provider ActiveVideo in its patent lawsuit against Verizon Communications to US$140 million.

Judge Raymond Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded ActiveVideo pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and supplemental damages for Verizon's continued infringement of four ActiveVideo patents. The ruling last Thursday added about $25 million to the damages award of $115 million that a jury imposed on Aug. 2.

ActiveVideo is the developer of CloudTV, a platform for service providers to deliver programming and applications to TV set-top boxes and other consumer electronics devices. Its customers include cable operator Cablevision. The Silicon Valley company sued Verizon in May 2010, saying the carrier had infringed four ActiveVideo patents in its FiOS fiber-to-the-home service.

Verizon appealed the Aug. 2 ruling and said at that time it would not be paying any damages while the appeal was under way. On Monday, Verizon had no comment on the award of supplemental damages and said its appeal was pending.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com


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