Sprint wins $140m in Time Warner patent trial -report

Sprint Corp. won $139.8 million damages after a jury in Kansas found Time Warner Cable infringed patents for digital voice telephone services, according to a Bloomberg report.

Sprint filed the suit against Time Warner Cable and other cable television companies in 2011, claiming they used Sprint inventions for transmitting phone calls over digital lines without permission, Bloomberg reported.

The jury said that Time Warner Cable, now owned by Charter Communications, willfully infringed the patents.

That means the judge could increase the award.

Sprint spokeswoman Lisa Dimino told Bloomberg that the jury found that Time Warner Cable infringed five patents for Voice-over-Internet Protocol and “awarded our full damages demand.”

Justin Venech, a spokesman for Charter, said: “We are disappointed with the outcome and are considering our options.”