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Baker Botts Wins another Patent Infringement Case for GENBAND against Competitor


DALLAS, March 18, 2016 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that its client, GENBAND, won a jury verdict in a significant patent infringement case against its competitor, Metaswitch Networks.

“This second verdict is a clear demonstration of the well-earned reputation of the top-notch patent trial lawyers at Baker Botts and Deron Dacus of the Dacus Firm,” said Jody Bishop, Senior VP, Director of Legal for GENBAND. “Having back-to-back wins is outstanding, and we credit the efforts and talent of these patent litigators.&rdquo

“This is a marked success for our patent trial lawyers who provide vital Intellectual Property guidance to clients on some of the industry’s most technologically complex patent cases,” said Bart Showalter, a partner in the firm's Dallas office and Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property group.

In the case of Metaswitch v. GENBAND, in the Eastern District of Texas, Metaswitch was asserting infringement of six patents covering Voice-over-IP technology and sought $59 million in damages. The jury found that GENBAND does not infringe any of Metaswitch's six asserted patents and found that three of them are invalid.

The case follows a prior patent infringement case Baker Botts won for GENBAND against Metaswitch in January 2016 in the Eastern District of Texas, when a jury found that Metaswitch infringed seven of GENBAND's patents, and awarded $8.2 million in damages.

GENBAND and Metaswitch compete in selling the Voice-over-IP technology involved in both cases. Based on their win in the January 2016 case, GENBAND is seeking a permanent injunction and other relief from Metaswitch’s infringement.

The GENBAND team includes partners: Kurt Pankratz, Chad Walters, Nick Schuneman, and Susan Kennedy from Baker Botts LLP, and Deron Dacus from the Dacus Law Firm.


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