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"Samsung Infringed Licensing Co.’s Patent, Owes $5.9M," Law360

An Eastern District of Texas jury has slapped Samsung with a $5.9 million verdict, finding it infringed two claims of German intellectual property licensing company Papst’s patent covering data transfers that occur in smartphones and tablets.

After deliberating for roughly four hours following a five-day trial, the Tyler, Texas, jury returned at roughly 5:20 p.m. Monday with a verdict in favor of plaintiff Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG, finding that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. had infringed claims 1 and 17 of the patent, according to the case docket.

The jury also found that Samsung had failed to prove that the asserted claims of the patent were invalid, and awarded Papst $5.92 million for the fair compensation of Samsung’s past infringement of its patent.

On Tuesday, the jury returned and heard additional opening statements, more witness testimony and closing arguments on the issue of whether or not Samsung’s infringement was willful. The jury deliberated for roughly two hours before returning with their second verdict at roughly 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, finding that Samsung’s infringement was not willful, according to the case docket.

Papst attorney Christopher Goodpastor of DiNovo Price LLP told Law360 on Wednesday he was “pleased that Papst got its day in court and was able to show a jury that itspatent is valid and infringed,” he said.

The patent-in-suit is U.S. Patent No. 6,895,449.

The case is Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, et al., Cause No. 6:18-cv-388, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.  

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