Victory for Verizon in Patent Infringement Case

Munger, Tolles & Olson successfully defended Verizon Communications Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Spherix Inc. In a case that marked the first instance in which the sought-after Nortel patents were asserted against a carrier, Spherix alleged that Verizon infringed patents related to FiOS, VoIP and other internet services provided by Verizon. The patents were originally assigned to Nortel Networks and acquired by Spherix from Rockstar.

On July 1, 2015, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Verizon’s bid for summary judgment. Judge Lee ruled that the patent in question for modular networking data is indefinite under the framework established by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Nautilus ruling, and also was not infringed by Verizon’s accused optical network terminals (ONTs).

The Munger Tolles team included Gregory P. Stone, Ted Dane, Peter A. Detre and Zachary M. Briers.