MARSHALL, Texas – An East Texas federal jury has awarded $9.17 million to Plano, Texas-based Saint Lawrence Communications, LLC, after finding that Motorola Mobility, LLC, willfully infringed five patents for HD Voice technology used in its modern mobile phones.
Jurors reached their verdict on March 24 after a week-long trial and almost four hours of deliberations in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall.
Saint Lawrence Communications is represented by name partner Wesley Hill of Longview-based Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC, and lead trial counsel Demetrios Anaipakos of Houston law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA.
“This was a big win for Saint Lawrence,” said Mr. Hill. “The finding of ‘willful infringement’ means that the final judgment amount could be triple the amount that the jury awarded. We are gratified that the jurors were able to sort through the evidence and come to this clear-cut conclusion.”
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The dispute involves U.S. Patent Nos. 6,795,805, 6,807,524, 7,151,802, 7,260,521, and 7,191,123 related to audio compression technology known as Adaptive Multi-Rate-Wideband (AMR-WB). The patents are critical components in industry standard technology for HD Voice in cell phones, which significantly improves sound quality in modern smart phones. The technology allows users to hear faint voices, easily understand people talking on a speakerphone and distinguish multiple voices on a single call. The AMR-WB code also serves a variety of applications, including media audio content and mobile voice over internet protocol or VoIP.
The case is Saint Lawrence Communications v. Motorola Mobility LLC, Case No. 2:15-cv-00351, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.
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