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Meta (Facebook) is sentenced to pay more than 174 million dollars for patent violation | TECHNOLOGY

Metathe parent company of Facebook e Instagramwas ordered Wednesday to pay $174.5 million in damages to Voxer, an app that accused the social media giant of violating its patents.

A jury in federal court in Texas found that the “live” mode Meta uses for Facebook Live and Instagram Live used technology proprietary to Voxer.

The judicial process was opened in the city of Austin last week

Meta will seek an appeal, a spokesman told AFP. “We think that the evidence presented during the process shows that Meta did not infringe Voxer’s patents,” he said.

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Voxer filed the complaints in 2020, assuring that the Californian group had used patented technology after the failure of a collaboration attempt between the two companies in 2012.

The mobile application allows “the transmission of communications, audio and video with the immediacy of direct and the reliability and ease of messaging”on demand, even in poor network conditions and even if the recipient is not available.

Voxer explains that he was contacted by Facebook shortly after the launch of its service in 2011, which was an “immediate success”.

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The company would then have given details of its technology to the social network, but “the meetings did not reach an agreement,” Voxer’s lawyers detailed.

“Facebook then identified Voxer as a competitor, even though there were no live video or audio tools available at the time,” the complaint states.

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“Facebook revoked Voxer’s access to key elements of the platform and launched Facebook Live in 2015 and then Instagram Live in 2016. The two products have Voxer technologies and violate their patents,” says the complainant.