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Sprint wins damages from Time Warner over VoIP patents

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

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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