Delaware court says Comcast owes Sprint $27.6M for patent infringement

A Delaware federal jury has ruled that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) owes Sprint (NYSE: S) $27.6 million for infringing on patents relating to fiber optic delivery.

The ruling, reported Friday by Law360, came after less than a day of deliberation in the week-old trial and relates to patents No. 5,742,605 and No. 6,108,339.

Sprint had been seeking $28 million, alleging that Comcast has been "making and using SONET ring networks in particular markets."

Comcast responded with the following statement, obtained by Multichannel News: "We are disappointed with today's decision and believe the evidence shows Comcast does not infringe Sprint's patents. We do plan to pursue post-trial motions and want to thank the jury for their time and thoughtful consideration."

The award offsets the $7.5 another Delaware jury awarded Comcast in October in a suit alleging that Sprint had transgressed on patents.

For more:
- read this Law360 report (sub. req.)
- read this Kansas City Business Journal story
- read this Multichannel News story

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