A judge at the US District court in Chicago has set 9.56 cents per chip as the value of disputed patents deployed in Wi-Fi technology as per the case filed by patent-owner Innovatio IP Ventures against electronic device manufacturers including Cisco Systems, Netgear and Motorola Solutions.
The latest ruling by James Holderman however did not fix damages as involved parties allowed determining the royalty value prior to consideration that whether the patents were valid or infringed.
Holderman said: "The court hopes that by doing so, the possibility of settlement will be enhanced because the parties will be better able to evaluate the potential risks and benefits of expending additional resources in the litigation."
Under the two-year-old court case, Chicago based Innovatio IP blamed the defendants, including HP, Dell's SonicWALL and firms that purchased Wi-Fi devices built by the manufacturers of breaching patents portfolio.
Innovatio IP attorney Matthew McAndrews said: "At a minimum, the court's determination that the Wi-Fi chip is the appropriate base to which the RAND rate applies opens the door for Innovatio to potentially license hundreds of millions of units sold by numerous Wi-Fi chip suppliers.
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