PLANO, TX--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2014) - A Texas district court jury on December 5 ruled that Electronic Arts, the world's third-largest video game company, infringed Uniloc's patent and awarded nearly $5 million in damages.
Uniloc originally sued EA in 2010, alleging that its DRM system infringed U.S. Patent Number 5,490,216 entitled "System for Software Registration." Uniloc asserted Claim 19 of the '216 patent, which covers a remote registration and activation system.
The jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that the Electronic Art's Origin system directly infringed the single claim asserted by Uniloc. The jury awarded Uniloc $4,863,925, which was the full measure of damages sought by Uniloc as a reasonable royalty for thirteen months of infringement by Electronic Arts.
The validity of the '216 patent was not challenged at trial, presumably because the '216 has been through two re-examination proceedings and two reviews at the Federal Circuit with all claims intact.
"We are gratified that the jury weighed the evidence carefully and determined that Uniloc was entitled to the full amount of damages it requested for EA's use of our intellectual property," said Uniloc President Sean D. Burdick. "The verdict also validates Uniloc's diligence in marking its patented products. Uniloc stands by the validity of its patents and will continue to seek fair and reasonable royalties by enforcement through the federal courts when necessary."