A jury in Texarkana last week awarded $43.3 million in damages following a two-week trial in federal court concerning patents for smartphone and tablet technology.
Maxell Ltd. could receive an even greater judgment from ZTE USA Inc. because the jury found that ZTE's infringement on Maxell's patents was willful. The final damages determination will be made by U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III, who presides over the case in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas.
"The litigation involved seven patents directed towards smartphone and tablet technology including navigation, power management, audio and camera features," according to a statement from the law firm Mayer Brown, which is among several representing Maxell. "On July 2, shortly after the jury verdict, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board denied the seventh and final Inter Partes Review filed by ZTE on the patents, underscoring the strength of the patents as determined by both the USPTO and the jury. This massive victory for Maxell ends several years of hard-fought litigation."
Geoff Culbertson of Texarkana firm Patton, Tidwell & Culbertson served as local counsel.
"The team is thrilled for our client and grateful for the jury's hard work and attention," Culbertson said.
The trial team was led by Mayer Brown Washington DC-based Intellectual Property partners Jamie Beaber, Alan Grimaldi and Kfir Levy and counsel Tripp Fussell—a Texarkana native—and included lawyers from the firm's Intellectual Property and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Maxell filed the suit against ZTE USA in November 2016.