Verizon to appeal $115M ActiveVideo verdict

The carrier lost a jury verdict in a patent-infringement suit over its FiOS TV service

Verizon Communications will appeal a $US115 million verdict in a patent-infringement lawsuit brought by cloud-based TV infrastructure vendor ActiveVideo.

On Tuesday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Verizon had infringed four ActiveVideo patents in its FiOS TV service. Also on Tuesday, ActiveVideo said it was seeking an injunction to stop Verizon from using its technology in the service.

"Verizon disagrees with the verdict and is confident that the court of appeals will agree," spokesman Robert Varettoni said via e-mail. "The company will not be paying any damages while the appeal is under way."

The FiOS TV service is offered on Verizon's FiOS fiber-to-the-home network, along with voice and high-speed data. At the end of the second quarter, Verizon had 4.5 million subscribers to FiOS broadband and 3.8 million FiOS TV customers.

ActiveVideo offers CloudTV, a cloud-based platform for service providers to deliver programming and applications to TV set-top boxes and other consumer electronics devices. Its customers include the cable operator Cablevision, with nearly 3.7 million customers. The Silicon Valley company says it has patents on interactive TV and video on demand dating back to the early 1990s.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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