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Patent Infringement Defense Victory

Potter Minton announces that Federal Jury in Marshall, Texas has ruled in favor of its client, the national cable service provider Charter Communications, Inc., in an action alleging patent infringement.

The action was brought by Hybrid Patents, Inc., who claimed that it owned patents on the industry standard developed for high-speed Internet connections over cable modems. Hybrid sought as much as $176 million in damages as well as treble damages for willful infringement.

Charter Communications, Inc., the third-largest publicly traded cable operator in the United States, serves more than 5.7 million customers in 29 states. A Fortune 500 company, Charter is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

Potter Minton worked with Kirkland & Ellis LLP who was lead counsel on the case. Kirkland and Ellis LLPs team was led by John Desmarais and Potter Mintons team was led by Mike Jones.