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Damages awarded in TruePosition patent infringement case

Trueposition : 08 May, 2009  (Company News)
Additional 10 million dollars awarded in compensatory damages to TruePosition for patent infringement case relating to wireless location system
TruePosition has announced that the United States Delaware District Court awarded the company approximately $20 million in additional damages, plus attorney's fees and court costs, in continued patent infringement litigation against Andrew Corporation, a division of CommScope.

In September of 2007, a Delaware District Court jury determined that Andrew willfully infringed a patent held by TruePosition relating to control channel Uplink Time Difference of Arrival (U-TDOA) location technology. Specifically, the jury found infringement with respect to sales of Andrew's Geometrix wireless location system to the Saudi Telephone Company (STC). Andrew, however, continued to ship infringing products to STC after trial. Accordingly, the court awarded TruePosition an additional $10.1 million in compensatory damages, $9.6 million punitive damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, as well as costs and attorneys' fees. This was in addition to a previous award of $23.25 million in compensatory and punitive damages. The Court also issued a final permanent injunction order prohibiting Andrew Corporation from making, using, selling or offering to sell the infringing Geometrix products.

"We are very pleased with the outcome in this case," said Frederic Beckley, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TruePosition. "This decision secures the fact that TruePosition has vital intellectual property surrounding U-TDOA and further establishes TruePosition as the global leader in mission-critical wireless location solutions."

U-TDOA is a wireless location technology that can locate any mobile phone in any environment with high accuracy and reliability. Recently, worldwide demand for high-performance wireless location technologies has been growing rapidly, because of the increasing need of government agencies and private enterprises to locate mobile phones for public safety and national security purposes.

The subject of the U-TDOA patent held by TruePosition involves control channel location techniques, which are crucial in mission-critical applications like border security, critical infrastructure protection and law enforcement.

In a prior case, TruePosition obtained a settlement from Andrew Corporation worth $42 million relating to certain patents not involved in the present case. The prior case is TruePosition, Inc., v. Allen Telecom, Inc. (D. Del. 2001).
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