Texas Jury Says Motorola Did Not Infringe Patent for Wireless Headset Technology
July 10, 2013
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, found that Analysis Group client Motorola Mobility LLC did not infringe on claims associated with a Bluetooth headset technology patent owned by Effingo Wireless Inc. The jury also found the patent claims to be invalid. At issue was U.S. Patent Number 7,505,793 -- a wireless earpiece assembly used to listen to sound transmitted over portable devices such as MP3 players or cell phones. Texas-based Effingo sought damages and injunctive relief.
Analysis Group Vice President Lauren Kindler was retained by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, on behalf of Motorola Mobility, as an expert witness to evaluate Effingo's damages claim. Ms. Kindler testified at trial that Effingo's claimed reasonable royalty damages were overstated, based in part on an assessment of Motorola's costs to implement a non-infringing alternative headset design.
After less than a half-day of deliberation, the jury decided in favor of the defendant, finding that Motorola Mobility had not infringed Effingo's '793 patent and invalidating the claims of the '793 patent.