$22 Million Verdict: Cellular Communications Equipment wins demonstrative victory against Apple Inc.

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After finding that Apple willfully infringed on a patent, EDTX has adjured Apple to pay $22 million to Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research. CCE holds a portfolio of telecommunications patents, mostly into Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies. Attorneys from Caldwell Cassady & Curry, a high-stakes civil litigation firm specializing in patent infringement and co-founder disputes, represented CCE in the Eastern District of Texas case.

The lawsuit, filed in January 2014, accused Apple of selling multiple products that infringe upon the U.S. Patent No. 8,055,820. The patent is titled ”Apparatus, system, and method for designating a buffer status reporting format based on detecting pre-selected buffer conditions”. The wrangle started when CCE impeached Apple of also infringing six other of its patents. By the time the cases went to trial, only one patent was in the stand. That patent was acquired by CCE from Nokia Corp. Engineer Benoist Sebire.

Apple attempted to prove that the claims of the ‘820 patent were invalid. However, the jury rejected the assertions made, as the evidence submitted was not convincing. Since the infringement was found to be willful, the patent holder can appeal to court towards enhancing the damage up to 3 times, which can roughly be around $68 million in this particular litigation.

According to USPTO data and MaxVal’s own research, Apple has not yet confirmed whether it will appeal the decision.

Maxval’s link of the case

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Names

Case Number 6:14-cv-00251
Court Texas Eastern District Court
Filed date 04/07/14
Judge K. Nicole Mitchell
Plaintiff Cellular Communications Equipment LLC
Plaintiff Attorney Jeffrey Ray Bragalone
Plaintiff Law Firm Bragalone Conroy PC
Counter Claimant Apple Inc.
Defendant Apple Inc. | AT&T Inc. | AT&T Mobility LLC|Verizon Communications, Inc.| Cellco Partnership 
doing business as Verizon Wireless|Sprint Corporation |Sprint Corporation |Sprint Solutions, Inc.| Sprint Spectrum L.P.| Boost Mobile, LLC|T-Mobile USA, Inc.| T-Mobile US, Inc.
Counter Defendant Cellular Communications Equipment LLC
Defendant Attorney Douglas E Lumish
Defendant Law Firm Latham & Watkins LLP 
Product Apple mobile devices and services for mobile device communications
Patent US6377804|US6819923|US7215962|US7941174|US8055820|US6810019
Closed date Yet to be closed
Basis of Termination Judgment on the Merits – Defendant
Outcome of District court judgment Defendant
Damages amount $ $22,118,216

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