Alphabet’s Google has infringed a software developer’s patent rights with its remote transmission technology and must pay $338.7 million (almost Rs. 2.77 billion) in damages, a federal jury in Waco, Texas decided on Friday.
The jury found that Google’s Chromecast and other devices infringe patents owned by Touchstream Technologies related to streaming video from one screen to another, a court representative said Monday.
Google spokesman José Castañeda said Monday that the company will appeal the verdict and that it “has always independently developed technology and competed on the merits of our ideas.”
Lawyers for New York-based Touchstream did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Touchstream, which also does business as Shodogg, said in its 2021 lawsuit that founder David Strober invented the technology in 2010 to “move” video from a small device like a smartphone to a larger device like a TV.
According to the complaint, Google met with Touchstream about its technology in December 2011, but said it was not interested two months later. Google introduced its Chromecast media streaming devices in 2013.
Touchstream said Google’s Chromecast copied its innovations and infringed three of its patents. It also said its patents were infringed by Google’s Home and Nest smart speakers and third-party TVs and speakers with Chromecast capabilities.
Google denied infringing Touchstream’s rights and argued that the patents are invalid.
Touchstream filed similar complaints against cable providers Comcast, Charter and Altice in Texas earlier this year. Those cases are still pending.
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