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US telecommunications holding company Sprint has been awarded US$139.8 million in damages from Time Warner Cable for infringing on patents for VoIP services.

The suit was filed against Time Warner and other cable TV companies in 2011, claiming they used Sprint's inventions for transmitting phone calls digitally.

The jury ruled that Time Warner infringed the patents wilfully, which means the damages could be increased by up to three times by the judge, Bloomberg reported.

Sprint spokesperson Lisa Dimino was quoted as saying that the jury had found Time Warner Cable infringed five VoIP patents and awarded the damages demanded by Sprint.

She added that Sprint was pleased with the outcome.

A spokesman for the defendants said they were considering their options.

A similar trial, pitting Sprint against Comcast Cable Communications, is set to be heard by the same judge in Kansas City, Kansas, next week.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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