Bill of cost deadline extended for Imperium IP Holdings in Samsung patent case

By Glenn Minnis | May 23, 2017

SHERMAN – Imperium IP Holdings (Cayman) LTD has been granted a bill of costs extension stemming from its winning suit against Samsung Electronics Co. LTD, et al.

Federal Court Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas extended the deadline for Imperium to turn over an itemized list of legal expenses procured during the proceedings until May 19.

The latest development comes on the heels of Mazzant’s recent ruling where he ordered Samsung to pay IP $20.9 million in damages after the court found Samsung liable of willful patent infringement.

The award amount came at the judge’s discretion and was more than three times the $6.97 million the jury originally awarded Imperium in 2016.

Imperium first filed suit in June 2014, claiming Samsung infringed on at least two of its digital photography patents, including its image Flicker Reduction with Fluorescent Lighting creation.

The jury found in favor if Imperium to the tune of awards of $4.87 million and $2.13 million. Law 360 reports Imperium has also previously won suits against smartphone makers Apple, Nokia, Motorola, RIM, Kyocera Communications Inc., LG Electronics USA Inc. and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Inc. over one of the same patents it sued Samsung over.

In justifying his reasoning for instituting greater damages, Mazzant noted Samsung “did track and attempt to obtain, despite testimony otherwise, plaintiff’s patents for years before this suit.” The judge also referenced how Samsung “made multiple material misrepresentations under oath" and presented less-than-honest testimony to the jury in answering questions related to intentionality and the burning issue of if company officials were of Imperium patents prior to the laws being filed.

Imperium was represented in the litigation by Bill Sigler, a partner with Fisch Sigler LLC, which has offices in New York, California and Washington, D.C.

Samsung was represented by the New York-based firm of Ropes & Gray, which also has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and East Palo Alto, California.

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