Texas Jury Awards $21M Verdict Against Hughes Network Systems for Patent Infringement

MARSHALL, Texas – An East Texas jury has awarded $21.1 million in damages to Elbit Systems Ltd. after finding that Hughes Network Systems, LLC infringed one of its groundbreaking patents related to high-speed satellite communications.

The jury also determined the patent is valid in the verdict it delivered on Aug. 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division.

Based in Israel, Elbit Systems is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security, and commercial programs throughout the world. U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073 is owned by Elbit Systems subsidiary, Elbit Systems Land &C4I Ltd, and exclusively licensed to Elbit Systems of America, LLC, both of which were plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Ward, Smith & Hill named partners Wesley Hill, Johnny Ward and associate Andrea Fair represented Elbit alongside attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP.

“We are pleased the jury agreed that a patent by Elbit had been infringed by Hughes Network Systems,” said Mr. Hill. “The amount the jury awarded demonstrates they didn’t agree with Hughes counterclaims.”

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The case is Elbit Systems of America LLC et al. v. Hughes Network Systems LLC, case 2:15-cv-00037, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.