A jury has found Sprint Nextel infringed on two patents owned by California intellectual property holding company Enovsys LLC. The decision, made Friday, but announced on Monday awarded Enovsys past damages of $2.78 million.
The patents in question relate not to determining position, but rather to a privacy system that protects the location information between user and carrier. The size of the award may have been impacted by testimony that “Sprint Nextel is the market leader in the growing field of location services and saw a 50% increase in related revenues in 2007 over the prior year.”
Inventors Mundi Fomukong and Denzil Chesney hold the patents, the first patent was applied for in 1997. Fomukong owns the IP holding company. I suspect as LBS makes and more money, more suits will be filed.