Cole Schotz secured a $45.4 million patent infringement verdict this week on behalf of SB IP Holdings, subsidiary to SkyBell Technologies, against the smart home company Vivint.

The Cole Schotz team convinced a jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas that Vivint willfully infringed two of SkyBell’s patents related to video doorbell security systems. The verdict was announced on October 23, 2023, following three years of litigation.

“The jury’s verdict truly speaks for itself, and we think they got it 100% right.,” said Cole Schotz member Gary Sorden. “It was our pleasure to represent SB IP Holdings in this case, and it is clear their testimony was incredibly persuasive with the jury.”

“For a smaller company to take on a large company in litigation is no small feat,” Sorden added. “This litigation lasted three years and it is validation of the patents as well as SkyBell’s belief in innovation.”

SB IP Holdings provides leading video doorbell and wireless security solutions, and has established its patent portfolio as seminal intellectual property in the field of entryway management. It licenses its technology to some of the most well-known companies in the entryway management industry, including Bot Home Automation, Inc. – makers of the “Ring” video doorbell.

Along with Mr. Sorden, the Cole Schotz trial team included members Timothy Craddock, Aaron Davidson, Christopher Evans, Brian King, Donald Ottaunick, Vishal Patel, James Perkins and Kumar Vinnakota, associates Amanda DeGroote, Arjun Padmanabhan, Ian Phillips and Seokin Yeh, and paralegal Gail Ashby.

The case is SB IP Holdings LLC v. Vivint Smart Home, Inc., case number 4:20-cv-00886, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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