East Texas jury slaps Samsung with $400M patent infringement verdict

By David Yates | Jun 20, 2018

BEAUMONT – The rocket docket in East Texas may be falling back to the earth, but the verdicts coming out of the federal district are still sky high, as a jury recently returned a $400 million finding against Samsung for patent infringement.

Kaist IP, a Korean research institute, filed suit against Samsung and several of its subsidiaries on Nov. 29, 2016, in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

GlobalFoundries and Qualcomm were also named as defendants.

The suit alleges the defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 6,885,055, which is directed towards “FinFET” devices and improves performance in semiconductors.

A jury found all three defendants infringed on the ‘055 patent, according to the charge of the court, filed June 15.

The jury also found that the defendants didn’t prove that any of the asserted claims of the patent were invalid but held that only Samsung’s infringement was willful, awarding Kaist IP $400 million in damages.

The plaintiff is represented in part by Guy Rodgers, attorney for the Los Angeles law firm Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro.

Case No. 2:16-cv-01314-JRG  

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