In Network-1 Power-over-Ethernet Suit, Texas Judge Upholds Noninfringement Verdict for HP and HPE but Revives Asserted Patent

  • September 3, 2018
  • Networking, Patent Litigation Feature

A Texas judge has upheld a noninfringement verdict for HP and HP Enterprise (HPE) in a Network-1 Technologies, Inc. lawsuit but overturned the jury’s finding of invalidity as to the asserted Power-over- Ethernet (PoE) patent (6:13-cv-00072). In a sealed August 29 order addressing a variety of post-trial motions, as well as issues from a May 2018 bench trial, District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III denied Network-1’s motion for a new trial on infringement yet granted judgment as a matter of law of validity, ruling that the patent is not invalid as obvious as found by the jury. Publicly traded Network-1 previously disclosed to investors that the newly revived patent-in-suit had been responsible for the majority of its licensing revenue prior to the invalidation of the claims asserted against HP and HPE.


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