It’s been a busy couple weeks for those following patent trials in the Western District of Texas!

First, on Wednesday came the jury’s verdict in Austin, in Voxer, Inc. v. Meta Platforms, Inc. This was the first patent trial before Judge Yeakel in the post-COVID timeframe during which we’ve been compiling our Texas IP Trial Tracker. The trial was overall an eight-day proceeding, rolling over from the week prior: voir dire Monday 9/12; openings Tuesday 9/13; close of evidence Monday 9/19; summations Tuesday 9/20; and verdict Wednesday 9/21. The jury’s verdict found that Meta’s Facebook Live and Instagram Live products infringed six asserted claims from Voxer’s two asserted patents; that the sole patent for which validity was tried was not invalid; and that Voxer was entitled to its full damages demand of $174.5 running-royalty damages. (Before sending the case to the jury, Judge Yeakel granted judgment as a matter of law in Meta’s favor with respect to Voxer’s allegations of willful infringement.)

The Voxer-Meta case might be viewed as something of a forerunner to the more recent judicial assignment regime established by Judge Garcia’s July 25 order, in that this case arrived in Austin by way of Waco. Specifically, Plaintiff Voxer commenced suit in Waco in January 2020. In June 2020 Judge Albright denied Meta’s (then Facebook’s) motion to transfer to N.D. Cal., but granted Facebook’s motion-in-the-alternative to transfer to the Austin Division—though he kept the case on his own docket for several months. (Facebook did not seek further relief on the venue front from the Federal Circuit.) Then in November 2021 Judge Albright reassigned the case from his own docket to Judge Yeakel’s, following which it subsequently proceeded to trial. (That analogy goes only so far, as under Judge Garcia’s order, in the absence of a formal transfer all patent cases filed in Waco will still be tried in Waco, regardless of the assigned judge.)

Judge Yeakel did not enable any form of remote observation of the trial (at least not for the public), but the courtroom was open for either nearly all or all of the proceedings. The blog also again thanks Jacob Porter for his assistance.

Second, earlier today a Waco jury returned in the Ravgen v. Lab. Corp. case (which we previewed here) with another clean-sweep victory for the plaintiff’s side. The jury found that Defendant Lab. Corp. willfully infringed Plaintiff’s Ravgen’s sole asserted (as tried) patent claim, and awarded Ravgen its full damages demand of just under $272.5 million.

By our count, Ravgen-Lab. Corp. was the 18th patent trial over which Judge Albright has presided since taking the bench (including both the SunStone v. IBM case that settled during trial, and VLSI-Intel III, which was interrupted by a mid-trial COVID diagnosis). Of those 18 cases, 15 involved what are traditionally described as “high-tech” patents; two concerned oil-and-gas; and this was the first biotech-related case that made it to trial. (For those interested, Ravgen’s asserted patent claim was directed to a method for “determining the sequence of a locus of interest on free fetal DNA,” involving a “cell lysis inhibitor … selected from glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde and formalin.”)

So that’s it for these busy last couple of weeks. Here’s the corresponding set of updates to our Texas IP trial tracker (also including recent results from other TX jurisdictions):

PlaintiffDefendantFilingOpeningVerdictCourt-JudgeCase No.Jury VerdictPost-Trial Rev./Mod.?
Optis Wireless Tech., LLCApple Inc.2019-02-252020-08-032020-08-11EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-66Infringed willfully; $506.2M royalty damagesBench trial opinion filed 2/9/21; new damages trial ordered 4/14/21
Innovation Scis., LLCAmazon.com, Inc.2018-07-052020-08-242020-09-02EDTX-Mazzant4:18-cv-474Not infringed; invalid
GREE, Inc.Supercell Oy2019-02-272020-09-102020-09-18EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-70Infringed willfully; $8.5M lump-sum damages
Vocalife LLCAmazon.com, Inc.2019-04-162020-10-012020-10-08EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-123Infringed; not willful; $5.0M lump-sum damages
MV3 Partners LLCRoku, Inc.2018-10-162020-10-052020-10-14WDTX-Albright6:18-cv-00308Not infringed
VirnetX Inc.Apple Inc.2012-11-062020-10-262020-10-30EDTX-Schroeder6:12-cv-855$502.8M royalty damages
Personalized Media Commc'ns LLCGoogle LLC2019-03-212020-11-022020-11-06EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-90Not infringed
VLSI Tech. LLCIntel Corp.2019-04-112021-02-222021-03-02WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-254 (orig. filing); 1:19-cv-977 (Austin transfer); 6:21-cv-57 (Waco re-transfer)Infringed; not willful; $2.175B lump-sum damages
Wapp Tech Ltd. PartnershipMicro Focus Int'l PLC2018-07-022021-03-012021-03-05EDTX-Mazzant4:18-cv-469Infringed willfully; $172.5M royalty damagesNo willfulness damages enhancement per 4/22/21 order; settled 7/16/21 for $67.5 million
Solas OLED Ltd.Samsung Display Co.2019-05-022021-03-012021-03-08EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-152Infringed; 1 of 3 invalid; willful as to 1; $62.7M lump-sum damagesIPR invalidated 1 infringed patent 3/25/21
ResMan LLCKarya Prop. Mgmt. LLC2019-06-032021-03-082021-03-19EDTX-Mazzant4:19-cv-402Trade secrets misappropriated; damages $110.8M; $41.8M damages for tortious interference
Personalized Media Commc'ns LLCApple, Inc.2015-07-302021-03-152021-03-19EDTX-Gilstrap2:15-cv-1366Infringed; $308.5M royalty damagesVerdict overturned based on intentional prosecution delay 8/5/21
ESW Holdings, Inc.Roku, Inc.2019-02-082021-04-052021-04-09WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-44Not infringed; 1 of 2 invalid
The Hillman Group, Inc.KeyMe, LLC2019-06-032021-04-052021-04-13EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-209Not infringed; 2 of 5 invalid; 1 of 5 partly invalid
AMS Sensors USA Inc.Renesas Elecs. Am. Inc.2008-11-252021-04-052021-04-16EDTX-Mazzant4:08-cv-451Trade secrets misappropriated; damages $8.5M; $64M exemplary damages; $13.3M contract damages
VLSI Tech. LLCIntel Corp.2019-04-112021-04-122021-04-21WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-255 (orig. filing); 1:19-cv-977 (Austin transfer); 6:21-cv-299 (Waco re-transfer)Not infringed; not invalid
Gigamon, Inc.Apcon, Inc.2019-08-302021-04-162021-04-23EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-300Not infringed; 5 of 5 invalid3/29/22 Gigamon new trial motion denied; Apcon request for attorneys' fees denied
GREE, Inc.Supercell Oy2019-06-24, 2019-09-162021-04-302021-05-07EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-237, 2:19-cv-310, 2:19-cv-311Infringed willfully; $92.2M lump-sum damages
Acorn Semi, Inc.Samsung Elecs. Co.2019-10-232021-05-132021-05-19EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-347Infringed; not willful; $25M lump-sum damages
CloudofChange, LLCNCR Corp.2019-08-302021-05-172021-05-20WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-513Infringed willfully; not invalid; $13.2M lump-sum damages
Lone Star Tech. Innovations, LLCAsus Computer Int'l2019-02-202021-05-172021-05-21EDTX-Schroeder6:19-cv-59Infringed; not invalid; $825K damages (form not specified)
Ultravision Techs., LLCShenzhen Absen Optoelectronic Co.2018-03-272021-06-072021-06-11EDTX-Gilstrap2:18-cv-112Not infringed; 3 of 3 invalid
Freshub, Inc.Amazon.com, Inc.2019-06-242021-06-142021-06-22WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-388 (orig. filing); 1:19-cv-885 (Austin transfer)Not infringed; not invalid
HuffmanActivision Publishing, Inc.2019-02-122021-06-212021-06-24EDTX-Schroeder2:19-cv-50(Copyright) Not infringed
SalazarAT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon2019-06-182021-08-022021-08-09EDTX-Gilstrap2:20-cv-4Not infringed; not invalid
Optis Wireless Tech., LLCApple Inc.2019-02-252021-08-102021-08-13EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-66$300M in lump-sum "past and future" FRAND royalty damagesNew trial motion denied 5/17/22
Profectus Tech. LLCGoogle LLC2020-02-102021-09-302021-10-06WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-101Not infringed; invalid
Infernal Tech. LLCSony Interactive Entm't LLC2019-07-112021-10-042021-10-07EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-248Not infringed; patent-ineligible (Alice Part 2 jury question)
M-I LLCFPUSA LLC2015-05-152021-10-072021-10-19WDTX-Ezra5:15-cv-406Infringed; not invalid or unenforceable; $969,433 in lost profits damages
JF Solutions Ltd.Höeber Media LLC2020-04-132021-11-012021-11-02NDTX-O'Connor4:20-cv-335(Copyright) Infringed; several other causes of action; copyright damages $90K(?)Interpretation of jury verdict subject of ongoing briefing
Jiaxing Super Lighting Elec. Appliance Co.CH Lighting Tech. Co. et al.2020-01-102021-11-012021-11-04WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-181 of 3 infringed (+2 of 3 admitted infringed pre-trial); not invalid; $13.9M in past damages vs. suppliers; $298K in past damages vs. seller; suppliers' infringement willful; seller's infringement not willful
Bright Data Ltd.Teso LT, UAB2019-12-062021-11-012021-11-05EDTX-Gilstrap2:19-cv-395Infringed willfully; not invalid; $7.5M lost profits damages
Videoshare, LLCGoogle LLC2019-11-152021-11-082021-11-16WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-663Infringed; patent-eligible (Alice Part 2 jury question); $25.9M damages
Frantz Design, Inc.Diamond Orthotic Lab., LLC2019-08-052021-11-302021-12-03WDTX-Albright1:19-cv-9701 of 2 marks infringed willfully by 2 of 3 defendants; plaintiff acquiesced to use of marks; $120K damages (and assorted other findings)
NCS Multistage Inc.Nine Energy Serv., Inc.2020-03-242022-01-182022-01-21WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-277Infringed (direct and indirect); not invalid; $486K damages
EcoFactor, Inc.Google LLC2020-01-312022-01-312022-02-10WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-751 of 2 infringed; 2 of 2 not invalid; 2 of 2 patent-eligible (Alice Part 2 jury question); $20M lump-sum damages
The Chamberlain Group LLCOverhead Door Corp.2021-03-102022-03-072022-03-11EDTX-Gilstrap2:21-cv-84Not infringed; two invalidPartial new trial ordered 3/30/22 re: infringement re: one patent and validity re: two patents
U.S. Silica Co.Amberger Kaolinwerke Eduard Kick GmbH & Co. KG2020-09-082022-03-212022-03-25EDTX-Gilstrap2:20-cv-298Infringed; not invalid; $66K lost-profits damages; $9K reasonable-royalty damages
Densys Ltd.3Shape Trios A/S2019-11-262022-04-042022-04-08WDTX-Albright6:19-cv-680Infringed willfully; damages $11.875M
Seagen Inc.Daiichi Sankyo Co.2020-10-192022-04-042022-04-08EDTX-Gilstrap2:20-cv-337Infringed willfully; not invalid; damages $41.82M
Longhorn HD LLCNetScout Sys., Inc.2020-11-052022-04-182022-04-21EDTX-Gilstrap2:20-cv-349Not infringed
United Servs. Auto. Ass'nPNC Bank N.A.2020-09-302022-05-092022-05-13EDTX-Gilstrap2:20-cv-319Infringed willfully; 4 of 4 not invalid; damages $218.45MPNC's post-trial motions denied 8/19/22
Appliance Computing III, Inc. d/b/a SurefieldRedfin Corp.2020-05-112022-05-092022-05-17WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-376Not infringed; 4 of 4 invalid
Gibson Brands, Inc.Armadillo Distrib. Enters., Inc.2019-05-142022-05-162022-05-27EDTX-Mazzant4:19-cv-358Infringed directly and contributorily (6 of 7 TMs) and willfully (5 of 6 infringed TMs); laches as to 3 of 6 infringed TMs; $4K statutory damages
Caddo Sys., Inc.Microchip Tech. Inc.2020-03-272022-06-062022-06-10WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-245Infringed; not licensed; $235K lump-sum damages
Lone Star Tech. Innovations, LLCAsusTek Computer Inc.2019-02-202022-06-272022-06-29EDTX-Schroeder6:19-cv-59$659K lump-sum damages; no willful infringement
NCS Multistage Inc. TCO Prods. Inc.2020-07-092022-08-222022-08-26WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-622Infringed indirectly; not invalid, $1.93M damages
Koninklijke KPN N.V. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson2021-03-312022-08-222022-08-26EDTX-Gilstrap2:21-cv-113Infringed willfully; not invalid; damages $31.5M
United Servs. Auto. Ass'nPNC Bank N.A.2021-07-072022-09-122022-09-16EDTX-Gilstrap2:21-cv-246USAA patents infringed; not invalid; infringement not willful; $4.3M lump-sum damages. PNC patents not infringed
Voxer, Inc.Meta Platforms, Inc.2020-01-072022-09-132022-09-21WDTX-Yeakel6:20-cv-11 (orig. filing); 1:20-cv-665 (Austin transfer)Infringed; not invalid; $174.5M running royalty damages
Ravgen, Inc.Lab. Corp. of Am. Holdings2020-10-162022-09-192022-09-23WDTX-Albright6:20-cv-969Infringed willfully; $272.5M running royalty damages
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