Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ParkerVision Dealt Blow after Ruling from Judge; Decision Essentially Negates Jury's Award, Grants Qualcomm New Trial

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ParkerVision Dealt Blow after Ruling from Judge; Decision Essentially Negates Jury's Award, Grants Qualcomm New Trial

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Byline: Drew Dixon

Jacksonville's ParkerVision Inc. is seeing its market value tumble after it was dealt a blow by a federal judge who rejected the company's contention that mobile communication giant Qualcomm infringed on several patents.

In a ruling issued Friday from Judge Roy Dalton Jr. of the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida, Qualcomm Inc. was granted two motions in an ongoing legal battle between the two companies that spans more than three years. The judge ruled Qualcomm did not infringe on ParkerVision patents.

The ruling essentially negates a jury's award last fall in favor of ParkerVision, ordering the company be compensated $173 million. The latest ruling grants Qualcomm a new trial.

Calls to ParkerVision offices Tuesday afternoon were not immediately returned. But a statement posted on the company's website expressed dismay at the court decision. Dalton's ruling is the latest in a legal tug-of-war that's been raging since 2011.

"While we are pleased that the court upheld the jury's decision that the patents are valid, we are obviously disappointed with the District Court's ruling that judgment be entered for Qualcomm on non-infringement," said Jeffrey Parker, CEO of ParkerVision, in the statement. "We will appeal this latest ruling on non-infringement."

ParkerVision's original suit focused on Qualcomm's alleged infringement of cellular receivers and similar technology. ParkerVision was already awarded $173 million in damages after a jury in the U.S. Middle District Court of Florida in Orlando agreed in October with company officials that Qualcomm had infringed on ParkerVision patents for wireless communication technology.

A new suit filed May 1 accused the mobile chip giant of infringing on transmitters and mobile systems. ParkerVision accused Qualcomm and HTC of infringing on seven of ParkerVision's patents.

Taking issue with the jury award in October, Dalton said in his ruling that he was troubled with some of the ParkerVision expert witnesses' testimony in the intellectual property lawsuit. …

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