Press Release

Morgan Lewis Helps ActiveVideo Networks Score Historic $115 Million Verdict in Patent Case Against Verizon

August 02, 2011

PALO ALTO, August 2, 2011: This afternoon, following a three-week trial, a jury in Virginia awarded San Jose-based ActiveVideo Networks $115 million in damages when it found Verizon infringed on four patents for technology relating to interactive television services, such as video on demand used by FiOS TV.

According to, this is the third-largest patent verdict in the country this decade, and the single biggest in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia since the site began tracking information in 2005 (nearly twice the size of the next largest in the EDVA, which was for $58 million). The case is ActiveVideo Networks, Inc. v. Verizon Communications, Inc. et al.

The Morgan Lewis team representing ActiveVideo was led by IP Litigation partners Daniel Johnson, Jr. and Michael J. Lyons, along with partners Dion M. Bregman, Brett M. Schuman, and Nathan W. McCutcheon; IP senior attorney David M. Morris; IP of counsel MaryJane Boswell; as well as associates Ahren C. Hsu-Hoffman, Jason E. Gettleman, Michael F. Carr, Efrain Staino Flores, Jeremy Peterson, Jacob A. Snodgrass, and Lorraine M. Casto. Verizon was represented by Simpson Thatcher, Hunton & Williams, and Kellogg Huber. For more information or to speak with one of the lead lawyers for ActiveVideo, please contact us.