NERA Expert Confirmed Following Daubert Hearing: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC, et al., v. Sprint Communications Company, LP, et al.

14 December 2016

In a case that involved claims of patent infringement between Comcast and Sprint, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a Daubert motion brought by Comcast in which Comcast argued that the expert opinions of NERA Managing Director Dr. Alan Cox should be excluded.  At issue was the reasonable royalty to be assessed against Sprint for allegedly infringing use of a technology Comcast had previously purchased from Nokia.

Dr. Cox used forward citation analysis as an indicator of a reasonable royalty for the patent in question. To calculate the royalty, Dr. Cox compiled a pool of patents that are technologically similar to the one at issue in the case and determined the number of times each patent was cited by later patents. He used this data to determine the percentage of similar patents that had fewer forward citations than the one at issue. Dr. Cox then performed the same analysis for other patents that Comcast had purchased from Nokia in a portfolio that included the patent at issue. Knowing the purchase price of the portfolio, he then calculated the approximate value of each patent, including the patent at issue, and, thereby, a reasonable royalty for that patent. Finally, to corroborate his findings, Dr. Cox performed the same analysis on technologically similar patents acquired by Sprint under another purchase contract.

On 21 November 2016, Judge Jan E. DuBois denied Comcast’s Motion to Exclude, finding that Dr. Cox’s opinion and analysis was reliable.

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