The Court ruled that Dali’s willful infringement warranted an injunction against the Dali infringing products for the life of CommScope’s asserted patents. The life of the last-to-expire of CommScope’s asserted patents extends to 2026. Dali would be barred from selling its infringing tSeries and Matrix products into April of 2026. The Court also ruled that Dali’s willful infringement warranted trebling the damages, increasing the damages award from $2 million to $6 million. All remedies addressed in the Court’s judgment were stayed pending appeal.
The Court’s trebling of the jury award represents the maximum possible penalty under the law reserved for especially egregious infringers. The award serves an important function of discouraging further infringement. The Court found that Dali failed to investigate the asserted patents, even after it was repeatedly warned by customers and competitors that Dali’s products may infringe CommScope’s patent portfolio on digital DAS technology.
"CommScope is committed to innovating advanced solutions for our customers, and it is important that we protect our research investments with strategic intellectual property," said Matt Melester, chief technology officer for CommScope’s Venue and Campus Networks. "The injunction and enhanced damages granted in this most recent order underscore CommScope’s valuable innovations in this space and communicates a message to the rest of the industry as well. We are pleased that both the judge and the jury have now recognized our significant contributions in the digital DAS space."
The Court’s order also allows CommScope to file its appeal on the two patents Dali asserted against CommScope’s FlexWave Prism, currently discontinued, and ION-E products. The Patent Office has already found that the claims Dali asserted against the ION-E are invalid in a parallel Inter Partes Review proceeding.
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