Harris Awarded $61 Million in Patent CaseOctober 30, 2002 by Jeff Shepard
Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) announced that a jury in the US Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas has rendered a verdict in favor of Harris in a patent-infringement case against Ericsson Inc. (Stockholm, Sweden). The jury found that Ericsson's cellular phones and cellular base stations infringe upon Harris' US Patent 4,365,338 for digital transmissions over a dynamic dispersion channel.
The jury awarded Harris approximately $61.0 million in compensatory damages and found that Ericsson's conduct was "willful." Based on the jury's finding that Ericsson's conduct was willful, the District Court could double or treble the jury award. It is likely that Ericsson will file post-trial motions and appeal the verdict.