Kaufman & Canoles’ Noona as Co-Counsel Garners One of the Largest Patent Infringement Verdicts Ever Awarded in Eastern District History-$115 Million

    August 2011— Stephen E. Noona recently completed a three and a half week patent infringement jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in which the jury awarded his client, ActiveVideo Networks, Inc., a historic verdict of $115 million against several Verizon entities. The verdict is one of the largest ever awarded for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Noona served as co-counsel with the lead trial attorney Daniel Johnson, Jr. of Morgan Lewis of San Francisco.

    ActiveVideo filed suit against Verizon in May 2010, alleging that the Verizon FiOS system infringed four patents covering technology created and owned by ActiveVideo. Prior to trial, the Court invalidated certain patents asserted by Verizon in its counterclaim against ActiveVideo. At the end of trial, the jury in the Norfolk Virginia Federal District Court found that Verizon had infringed all asserted claims of the ActiveVideo patents through its deployment of Verizon’s FiOS interactive services. By ruling in the company’s favor, the jury affirmed ActiveVideo’s rights as the inventor of the technology in question, which is used in the delivery of certain interactive applications like video-on-demand and interactive TV.

    Mr. Noona, who heads the firm’s Trial Section and co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, has participated in over 90 patent cases in the Eastern District of Virginia and tries intellectual property cases across the country for national and regional clients. He is particularly well known for his knowledge and ability to navigate the complexities of all four Divisions of the Eastern District’s “rocket docket” and, due to his trial experience, has been inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

    Kaufman & Canoles is a Virginia based law firm with offices in seven Virginia cities. The firm’s experienced litigation practice is one of the region’s most successful and well-regarded trial sections. Members of the litigation practice each specialize in particular areas of complex trial work in both federal and state courts and in both civil and criminal arenas. In addition to seasoned trial lawyers who handle a broad spectrum of commercial and contractual disputes, the section boasts a deep selection of bar leaders in a large number of complex litigation areas including: commercial disputes; intellectual property law, antitrust law, securities law, policyholder coverage matters, business torts, products liability, white-collar criminal defense, labor and employment, bankruptcy, environmental law, government contracting and construction law and others.

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