Susman Godfrey LLP $40 Million Judgment in Patent Infringement Suit Against AT&T Inc. Affirmed by Federal Circuit

March 2015

SEATTLE (March 19, 2015) - Today the Federal Circuit appeals court affirmed a $40 million judgment entered in favor of Susman Godfrey’s client Two-Way Media LLC against AT&T Inc. following a 2013 jury trial that ended with a verdict in Two Way Media’s favor. The case was a patent infringement suit based on claims that AT&T’s U-Verse service infringed patents related to the streaming of audio and video content over the Internet.

“Both we and our client are obviously delighted by the Federal Circuit’s decision. We’ve traveled a long and winding road in this case since it was first filed so many years ago, and it appears we are finally nearing the end," said lead counsel Parker Folse, a partner in the Seattle office.

Two-Way Media owns patents related to live streaming and recordkeeping technology that is used for broadcasting audio and video over the Internet. In April 2008, the company sued AT&T Inc., Akamai Technologies, Inc., and Limelight Networks, Inc. for infringing three of those patents. Akamai and Limelight previously settled with Two-Way Media in this matter.

The three patents concern various methods for controlling the routing of real-time streams of audio and/or video information over communications networks, and for recording detailed usage data by consumers. The jury agreed with Two-Way Media’s position that AT&T’s digital U-verse TV services were covered by Two-Way Media’s patents.

Two-Way Media was represented by Parker Folse and by Max Tribble, Jr., a partner in the firm’s Houston office, along with Susman Godfrey partners Rachel Black and Ian Crosby from the firm’s Seattle office.

The case is Two-Way Media LLC vs. AT&T Inc. et. al. in the U.S. District Court Western District of Texas No. 09-CV-00476-OLG.