Meta Ordered to Pay Voxer $174.5 Million Over Violation of Live Streaming Patents: All Details - Tricky Enough

Meta Ordered to Pay Voxer $174.5 Million Over Violation of Live Streaming Patents: All Details

Meta's Facebook Live and Instagram Live features were found to use technology patented by Voxer.

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A US jury on Wednesday ordered Meta to pay $174.5 million (roughly Rs. 1405 crore) for violating live-streaming patents developed by a US Army veteran seeking to fix shortcomings in battlefield communications.

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A trial in Texas federal court ended with jurors deciding that "live" features at Facebook and Instagram used technology patented by Voxer, a company co-founded by Tom Katis, legal documents showed.

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"We believe the evidence at trial demonstrated that Meta did not infringe Voxer's patents," a company spokesperson said in response to an AFP inquiry.

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"We intend to seek further relief, including filing an appeal." Katis had reenlisted in the army after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and served as a Special Forces communications sergeant in Afghanistan, court filings said.

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When his combat unit was ambushed in Kunar province, he felt that the systems for coordinating reinforcements, medical evacuations and more "were ill-suited for time-sensitive communications with multiple groups in a highly disruptive environment," the complaint said.

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"Mr. Katis and his team began developing communications solutions in 2006 to remedy these shortcomings," his lawyers said.

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