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ARTICLE ID 41579

$________ - ALLEGED WILLFUL INFRINGEMENTOF PATENTS BY DEFENDANT - WIRELESS AND PREPARID BILLING PATENTS.

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

The plaintiff brought suit alleging that the defendants willfully infringed on two of the plaintiff’s patents as they related to wireless and prepaid billing services. The defendant disputed that the patents were valid and that there was any infringement.

In ________, Freedom Wireless began patenting technology that allows customers making prepaid telephone calls to avoid dialing identification codes or calling toll-free numbers.

Freedom owns two patents, United States Patent Nos. ________ and ________, related to prepaid wireless systems and methods. The plaintiff brought suit against defendants Boston Communications, Cingular Wireless; AT&T Wireless; CMT Partners and Western Wireless. The defendants all provide and sell or have provided and sold prepaid wireless services. The defendant, Boston Communications, the lead defendant in this case provides billing services to some of the nation’s largest cellular carriers. The plaintiff brought suit against Boston Communications and the other defendants alleging that the defendants’’ provision and sale of prepaid wireless service infringes on the plaintiff’s patents regarding this technology and that this infringement is willful.

The defendant, Boston Communication, and the other defendants maintained that the plaintiff’s patents are invalid and there is no infringement.

The matter was tried by a jury over a ten-week period. After one week of jury deliberations, the jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff and awarded damages of $________. The damages were allocated among the defendants as follows: Cingular Wireless and Boston Communications Group - $________; AT&T Wireless and Boston Communications Group - $________; CMT Partners and Boston Communications Group - $________; Western Wireless and Boston Communications Group - $________. There are various post-trial applications pending.

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