A jury in an Austin, Texas court ruled in favor of walkie-talkie app company Voxer after it accused Meta of infringing on its patents, a court documen

Meta has to pay walkie-talkie app $174 million for infringing on its patents, jury says

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2022-09-22 17:30:14

A jury in an Austin, Texas court ruled in favor of walkie-talkie app company Voxer after it accused Meta of infringing on its patents, a court document viewed by Insider shows.

Voxer first filed its lawsuit against Meta in the US in 2020, back when the tech giant was still called Facebook. The companies' legal fight over intellectual property went international, as the two companies also took the case to court in London in 2021, as reported by The Register.

The jury ordered Meta to pay Voxer $174.5 million in damages, and struck down attempts by Meta to have Voxer's patents invalidated.

Voxer said in its initial 2020 complaint that its founder, an army veteran named Tom Katis, began developing communications tech in 2006 after witnessing shortcomings in walkie-talkie technology while serving in Afghanistan. It said he launched the Voxer app in 2011.

Voxer's complaint says the companies never entered into any sort of partnership, and Facebook revoked Voxer's rights to features such as "find friends" via its platform.

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