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Verizon loses again to ActiveVideo

December 14, 2011

Verizon Communications has lost another judgement in US District Court in the ongoing patent infringement case that was brought against the company by ActiveVideo Networks.

The court denied a motion by Verizon seeking to stay the monthly royalty payments imposed by a November 23rd court injunction, and directed Verizon to make the first monthly payment on December 16th, as indicated by the injunction.

In four separate decisions, Verizon has been found liable for up to $250 million in damages, supplemental damages, interest and royalties for its infringement of ActiveVideo intellectual property.  The November 23rd injunction ordered Verizon to make the first of monthly sunset royalty payments of $2.74 per subscriber per month by December 16th.  In addition, the injunction issued on November 23 ordered Verizon to terminate FiOS Video-on-Demand service on May 23rd, 2012, if it cannot offer the service without unlawfully using ActiveVideo technology.

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