CloudTV Maker Wins $115M Suit Against Verizon

Cloud-based TV infrastructure company ActiveVideo has won a US$115 million judgment against Verizon Communications for infringement of its patents.

ActiveVideo sells CloudTV, an infrastructure for delivering programming, Web content and applications to any TV set-top box and a variety of other home electronics, such as Blu-ray players. ActiveVideo sued Verizon in May 2010, alleging that the carrier violated four of its patents in the FiOS TV service that runs on Verizon's fiber-to-the-home network.

On Tuesday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found in ActiveVideo's favor on all its asserted claims of patent infringement, ActiveVideo said in a press release. The jury awarded ActiveVideo $115 million in damages. ActiveVideo said it also plans to file an injunction against Verizon to keep the carrier from further unlawful use of the technology.

ActiveVideo said it has a large portfolio of patents dating back to the early 1990s. Its customers include U.S. cable operator Cablevision.

Verizon officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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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