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Court Affirms Davis Polk’s Win in Patent Infringement Case on Behalf of Comcast

Davis Polk represents various subsidiaries of Comcast Corp. in four patent infringement lawsuits against Sprint Communications Co. LP pending in federal courts across the country.

On August 10, 2015, Judge Andrews of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware denied Sprint’s motions for judgment as a matter of law and a new trial that sought to overturn an October 2014 jury verdict finding that Sprint infringed three Comcast patents and awarding $7.5 million in damages. Judge Andrews also granted Comcast an additional $1.69 million in pre-judgment interest as well as post-judgment interest and an on-going royalty to be determined at a later date.

The order comes on the heels of the Court’s August 7, 2015 order granting judgment as a matter of law in Comcast’s favor and overturning a $27.6 million jury verdict that Sprint had obtained in the second trial between the two companies earlier this year.

Two additional cases remain pending in the District of Kansas and the Eastern District of Philadelphia. Sprint initiated the dispute by asserting patents against Comcast’s telephony services in the District of Kansas, including a number of patents that it had previously asserted successfully against a number of voice-over-IP telephony providers.

The Davis Polk trial team included partners Matthew B. Lehr and Anthony I. Fenwick, counsel David J. Lisson, associates Micah G. Block and Vesna Cuk. Others who participated in pre- and post-trial proceedings include associates Brooke Pyo, Edward Fu, Julien du Vergier, and Andrew Yaphe and former associates Shiwoong Kim, Austin Tarango, Alex H. Hu and Serge Voronov. Members of the Davis Polk team are based in the Menlo Park and New York offices.

Sprint was represented by McGuire Woods and Shook Hardy & Bacon.

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