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Google, YouTube slapped with $26 million verdict in video-sharing patent fight

(Reuters) – Google and its video platform YouTube owe almost $26 million for infringing a streaming-video patent owned by VideoShare LLC, a Texas federal jury stated.

The Waco, Texas jury found Tuesday that YouTube’s streaming expertise works in the identical manner as VideoShare’s patented expertise for changing a video to a number of codecs and transmitting it in the very best format for a consumer’s system.

The jury additionally rejected Google and YouTube’s claims that the patent was invalid for holding “well-understood, routine, and conventional” parts.

Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda stated in an e-mail Wednesday the corporate continues to be assured the patent is invalid and that it did not infringe, and is evaluating its choices.

VideoShare lawyer Michael Shore of Shore Chan stated in an announcement on Wednesday that the corporate “had the facts and the law on its side.”

VideoShare, which was created in 1998 by three inventors who developed early streaming-video expertise, sued Google and YouTube in 2019, alleging YouTube expertise for transmitting a video file to a consumer based mostly on its compatibility with the consumer’s system infringed the patent.

Google argued amongst different issues that the patent was invalid as a result of it coated an summary concept and had been disclosed in prior artwork, and that VideoShare had acquired the patent by withholding materials info from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace.

David Almeling of O’Melveny & Myers and Mark Mann of Mann Tindel Thompson represented Google.

VideoShare sued Fb in the identical courtroom in March for infringing the identical patent, in a case that’s nonetheless ongoing.

The case is VideoShare LLC v. Google LLC, U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Texas, No. 6:19-cv-00663.

For VideoShare: Michael Shore and William Ellerman of Shore Chan, Charles Ainsworth of Parker Bunt & Ainsworth

For Google: David Almeling of O’Melveny & Myers, Mark Mann of Mann Tindel Thompson

(Be aware: This story has been up to date to appropriate VideoShare’s lawyer info.)

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