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Meta told to pay $175m to walkie-talkie techies for infringing IP


A Texas jury this week ordered Meta Platforms to pay more than $174 million for infringing patents held by walkie-talkie techies at Voxer, who sell an iPhone app that lets you instantly send messages across the internet as you are speaking.

Voxer filed the original patent case [PDF] in Austin in 2020, back when the social media giant was still called Facebook.

At issue were two patents developed by the live "push-to-talk" multi-user streaming comms platform that it said had been infringed by Meta's Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

The company said that Tom Katis, Voxer's co-founder and CEO, first began developing solutions for communication shortcomings he experienced during his overseas military service in 2006.

The idea was that, in a manner reminiscent of a walkie-talkie, the recipient could begin listening seconds after an audio or video message begins, while the sender continued to talk (rather than only ...


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