September 22, 2022 By Vaseline

Meta says it will appeal a $175 million patent judgment over video technology

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  • The walkie-talkie app maker said Meta copied the technology for Facebook Live
  • The jury found that Meta had infringed patents related to video streaming and messaging

(Reuters) – Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc said it will appeal a nearly $175 million judgment returned on Wednesday by jurors in Austin, Texas, who found there were two patents of walkie-talkie app maker Voxer Inc related to video streaming and messaging.

Meta’s Facebook Live and Instagram Live live streaming features used Voxer’s patented technology, the jury said after a seven-day trial, awarding Voxer $174.5 million in patent royalties.

A Meta spokesman said Thursday that the company believes the evidence shows it has not infringed. Meta intends to challenge the verdict in the first court and by appeal, the spokesman said.

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Voxer and its attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday.

San Francisco-based company Voxer launched its app in 2011. It said it had a series of meetings with Facebook in 2012 about a possible collaboration, during which it disclosed its patented technology to the tech giant.

The meetings did not result in an agreement, and Facebook cut Voxer off from key features of its platform in 2013, according to Voxer’s 2020 lawsuit. Voxer said the company, now known as Meta, launched Facebook Live in 2015 and Instagram Live the next year, and reportedly integrated the streaming technology it developed.

One of the Voxer patents concerns a method for streaming videos, the other the infrastructure for a video messaging service. The jury on Wednesday rejected Meta’s argument that the video messaging patent was invalid.

Meta told the court in a filing Tuesday that no reasonable juror could determine that its services worked in the same way as Voxer’s patented technology, and that the app maker was not entitled to damages.

The case is Voxer Inc v. Meta Platforms Inc, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, No. 1:20-cv-00655.

For Meta: Robert Van Nest, Christa Anderson, David Silbert, Eugene Paige, Matthew Werdegar and Paven Malhotra of Keker Van Nest & Peters

For Voxer: Kevin Johnson, Robert Stone, Sam Stake, Kate Shih and Michael Powell of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

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Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. You can reach him at [email protected]