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Firm Case Featured in Top 100 Verdicts of 2013

The National Law Journal published a listing of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2013 and the case of ParkerVision, Inc. v. Qualcomm, in which the firm served as local counsel for the plaintiff, was ranked #11.

In the case, plaintiff ParkerVision filed a series of patents beginning in 2000, relating to wireless-network technology. According to ParkerVision, it was discovered in 2011 that Qualcomm Inc. directly and/or indirectly infringed on these patents by utilizing ParkerVision’s intellectual property in its business, selling integrated circuits that contain direct conversion receiver technology. ParkerVision alleged economic damages on the part of the defendant.

ParkerVision sued Qualcomm pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1338(a), alleging that the defendant was liable for damages sustained due to infringement of its patents. ParkerVision presented infringement claims on four patents, alleging that a number of Qualcomm’s transceiver chip products violated its intellectual property. Qualcomm filed a counterclaim against ParkerVision.

The trial was bifurcated, the first phase being on the issue of liability and validity and the second phase on damages and willfulness. The jury rendered a unanimous verdict on Oct. 17, 2013, finding that Qualcomm infringed on the four patents in question, and that its products infringed on the patents. The jury determined that ParkerVision’s damages totaled $795,874 for direct infringement and $171,908,726 for inducement, for a total of $172,704,600. However, jurors did not deem the infringement willful, which caused the damages to not be trebled.

The complete listing of the Top 100 Verdicts can be found here.




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