NobelBiz, Inc. prevailed in its patent infringement lawsuit against Global Connect, LLC and TCN, Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. The Honorable Robert W. Schroeder, III presided over the one-week jury trial that started on September 8.
The jury unanimously found that defendants Global Connect and TCN directly and indirectly infringed NobelBiz’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,135,122 and 8,565,399. The jury also unanimously found that NobelBiz's patents were not invalid, and that the infringement was willful. Pursuant to the verdict, the jury awarded NobelBiz damages amounting to almost $1.5 million. The jury's unanimous finding of willful infringement also means that the Court may treble this damages figures. Attorney's fees, costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and injunctive relief also will be considered in short order.
Ralph Dengler, Andrew MacArthur and Gianna Cricco-Lizza of Venable's NY office, and Bill Hector of Venable's San Francisco office led the NobelBiz legal team. Law360 featured news of the victory in a September 16, 2015 article.