Jury Awards Genband $8.1 Million in Metaswitch Patent Infringement Lawsuit


Metaswitch Networks has infringed seven Genband patents that cover VoIP technology, a jury has ruled.

The jury on Friday awarded Genband $8.1 million in damages and confirmed the validity of its patents, according to the company. Genband said several of Metaswitch’s products were found to have infringed on Genband’s patents, including Metaswitch’s session border controllers, integrated softswitches and call-feature servers.

Texas-based Genband, which provides communications software, said it intended to seek a permanent injunction and additional relief against Metaswitch for the patent infringement.

“Patent litigations are often filed in the technology industry,” observed Metaswitch CEO Martin Lund, who noted in a blog that Metaswitch filed its own patent infringement case against Genband in 2014 and is scheduled to go to trial in March. “The verdict in no way affects Metaswitch’s operational or financial stability, its commitment to continued innovation or the ongoing development of, and support for, its products.”

Genband’s patent infringement case against Metaswitch was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The case is GENBAND US LLC v. Metaswitch Networks Ltd and Metaswitch Networks Corp., Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-33.

The news comes as Genband promotes Patrick Joggerst to the role of executive vice president of global sales and marketing.

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