Meta ordered to pay $235.3 million for patent infringement
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was ordered on Wednesday to pay US$174.5 million (C$235.3 million) in damages to Voxer, an app that accuses the tech giant of ;having copied its patents.
A Texas jury has determined that Meta copied walkie-talkie style messaging patents in its live streaming, Facebook Live and Instagram Live features . The trial opened in Austin last week.
“We believe that the evidence presented at the trial shows that Meta does not; did not infringe Voxer's patents. »
— A spokesperson for Meta
Voxer filed lawsuits in 2020, claiming the California-based group used its patented technology after the failed x27;an attempted collaboration between the two companies in 2012.
The mobile application allows the transmission of audio and video communications with the immediacy of live and the reliability and ease of messaging, according to the complaint, including in poor conditions. network and even if the recipient is not available.
Voxer explains that she was contacted by Facebook shortly after the launch of her service in 2011, which was a success immediate.
The young shoot would then have provided the details of its technologies to the social network, but the meetings did not lead to an agreement, detail its lawyers.
“Facebook then identified Voxer as a competitor even though it had no video or audio tools at the time. live.
— Complaint excerpt
Facebook revoked Voxer's access to key elements of the platform and launched Facebook Live in 2015 and then Instagram Live in 2016 Both products feature Voxer technologies and infringe Voxer patents, plaintiff claims.
Meta intends to appeal, a carrier said. speak to AFP.