Jury says NortonLifeLock owes Columbia U. $185 million over cybersecurity patents

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(Reuters) – A jury in federal court in Virginia on Monday said cybersecurity company NortonLifeLock Inc must pay $ 185 million to Columbia University in New York for violating its rights in two anti-malware patents.

The jury also found that Norton, formerly known as Symantec, had intentionally infringed on patents, which could lead the judge to increase Colombia’s prize to as much as $ 555 million.

A spokesman for the Tempe company, Norton, based in Arizona, said that the company does not agree with the verdict and that it plans to file an appeal. Columbia University Intellectual Property Officer Orin Herskowitz said in a statement that the school was pleased that the court recognized a violation of its rights to “revolutionary innovations in computer security.”

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In 2013, Columbia sued Norton in Richmond, Virginia, accusing its antivirus software and other security products of infringing six patents relating to intrusion detection systems.

The jury said Monday that Norton had infringed two Columbia patents that remained in the case following an earlier appellate court ruling. Norton also induced its customers to infringe one of the patents, and, according to the verdict, owed more than $ 185 million in royalties to cover the sale of infringing products.

The jury also decided that two professors from Colombia be listed as inventors on Norton’s patent relating to the technology of lures to cheat viruses. Columbia said it discovered research on the technology while collaborating with Norton on bids for government grants, and that Norton used the information to apply for a patent.

The case is the Commissioners of Columbia University in New York against NortonLifeLock Inc, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, no. 3: 13-cv-00808.

For Colombia: Garrard Beeney and Dustin Guzior of Sullivan & Cromwell; and Dana McDaniel and John Erbach of Spotts Fain

For Norton: Doug Lumish, David Callahan and Michael Morin of Latham & Watkins; and Dabney Carr of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders

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Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Contact him at blake.brittain@thomsonreuters.com

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