ViaSat wins $283MN damages against Space Systems/Loral
Editor | 28-04-2014
Satellite provider ViaSat has won $283 million in damages in a court case with Space Systems/Loral regarding patent infringements relating to its 100+ Gbps satellite system.

The jury found SS/L (1) infringed three ViaSat US patents and had breached the non-disclosure agreements and manufacturing contract between the parties. Space Systems/Loral had dropped its counterclaim alleging ViaSat had infringed one of its patents.

"We appreciate the jury's hard work and their attention to the evidence. While litigation was a last resort for us in this case, the process ultimately confirmed that ViaSat invented the ground-breaking ViaSat-1 technology and the extensive damages validate the significant value of this technology in creating high-capacity satellites," commented Rick Bald ridge, ViaSat president and COO. "We will continue our commitment to protect our intellectual property and innovation."

ViaSat has further requested that the court enter a permanent injunction prohibiting Space Systems/Loral from manufacturing or selling infringing satellites or satellite components, including the continued manufacturing of infringing satellites currently under construction.