Judge pushes ActiveVideo patent award from Verizon to nearly $140M

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is on the hook for another $24.1 million to cloud-based TV provider ActiveVideo Networks after a federal district court judge this week ordered it to pay supplemental damages for infringing on four patents when it deployed its FiOS TV product. That ruling means Verizon will have to pay the company nearly $140 million.

A jury awarded ActiveVideo $115 million in August.

Following the decision, which came after a three week trial and two days of jury deliberation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, ActiveVideo said the company also would seek an injunction against Verizon and its FiOS TV service.

"We are seeking immediate payment of the damages that have been awarded by the court," said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo Networks. "In addition, our legal team... will be filing an injunction against Verizon to prevent any further unlawful use of our technology."

The telco, meanwhile, said it wouldn't pay ActiveVideo until its appeal was heard.

ActiveVideo filed the case in May 2010, contending Verizon infringed on four of its patents relating to the delivery of advanced television applications such as video-on-demand (VOD) and interactive TV.

ActiveVideo has a substantial portfolio of patents dating back to the early 1990s. The ActiveVideo CloudTV platform is currently deployed with major cable system operators, including Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), its largest customer.

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