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Google Hit With $20M Jury Verdict Over Malware Patents

February 10, 2017 by in Articles

A Texas federal jury awarded an inventor and the family of his late partner $20 million in damages Friday, after finding Google had infringed on three of
their patents for malware protection software.

After a four-day trial, the jury found Google had infringed on all three patents at issue in the suit. The verdict form indicates the tech giant will pay $20 million in damages, and that the jury chose a rolling royalty rather than a lump sum for the monetary award. Plaintiffs’ attorney Eric W. Benisek, of Vasquez Benisek & Lindgren LLP, said the $20 million covers the last four years of the patent, and the royalty will apply to the next nine years until the patent expires, which means the lawsuit could yield approximately $65 million. Read more