A US jury on Wednesday found Meta infringed a live-streaming patent created by a former US Army soldier to solve issues with combat communications, and sentenced Meta to pay $174.5 million (approximately Rs. 1405 crore).
According to court filings, jurors in a federal lawsuit in Texas determined that Tom Cattis’ technology was exploited by the “Live” functions of Facebook and Instagram.
According to evidence shown at trial, Meta did not violate Voxer’s patents, a company spokeswoman said in answer to a question from AFP.
We plan to file an appeal as well as pursue other redress.
According to court documents, Katis reenlisted and worked as a communications sergeant with the Special Forces in Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks in the United States.
He believed the procedures for organising reinforcements, medical evacuations, and other things were “ill-suited for time-sensitive contacts with different units in a highly disordered situation” when his fighting unit was attacked in Kunar province.
In order to solve these shortcomings, Mr. Katis and his colleagues started creating communications solutions in 2006, according to his counsel.
The dependability and ease of messaging combined with the immediacy of direct connection allowed for the transmission of audio and video conversations.
After releasing its Walkie Talkie app in 2011, Facebook contacted San Francisco-based Voxer about a potential partnership, but no agreement was reached, according to legal filings.
The complaint claimed that instead, Facebook introduced Instagram Live and Facebook Live while integrating Voxer technology into the services.