Comcast is appealing a Pennsylvania jury verdict that handed it $1.5 million in damages in a patent litigation suit against Sprint.
Comcast filed suit in 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that Sprint violated patents on text and multimedia messaging that the cable company purchased from Nokia in 2005. In February, the jury sided with Comcast over the allegation, but determined that damages should only amount to the value of the patent at the time it was acquired from Nokia.
In its U.S. Court of Appeals filing, Comcast alleges that the damages award should be $153 million, based on royalties from 2.66 trillion text messages sent by Sprint customers. According to the suit, which was obtained by the Kansas City Business Journal, the award should have been determined based on Sprint's "rampant years' long infringing use of the patent.”
In March, Comcast had filed a motion with the Pennsylvania court for a new trial on damages. But the judge denied the motion on August 16.
It’s not the first time Comcast has successfully sued Sprint over patent infringement.
In 2014, Comcast won a $7.5 million award against Sprint after a jury agreed that the wireless company violated Comcast's patents for VoIP and other telecommunications technologies.