Columbia Univ. Wins $185M Patent Verdict Against Norton

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By Bonnie Eslinger (May 2, 2022, 4:21 PM EDT) — A Virginia federal jury on Monday awarded Columbia University $185 million in its long-running anti-malware patent lawsuit against NortonLifeLock Inc., after the presiding judge on Friday told the then-deadlocked panel to keep deliberating.  

The unanimous verdict after three days of deliberation followed a two-week trial in a case brought by Columbia in December 2013. The jury found that Norton infringed two patents related to cybersecurity safeguards developed by Columbia’s professors.

The jurors also found that the intellectual property theft was willful, allowing the court discretion to treble the damages up to $555 million.

The jurors told the court on Friday that…

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