A Syracuse federal judge has socked Corning Optical Communications RF LLC with almost $24 million in enhanced damages for willfully infringing PPC Broadband Inc.’s patents on coaxial cable connectors. The Nov. 3 order doubles a July jury award to $47.7 million.

Northern District Judge Gary Sharpe applied the enhancement because Corning had surreptitiously redesigned its connectors with the knowledge it was infringing PPC technology, without announcing or advertising the changes. The evidence “demonstrates that Corning would rather knowingly infringe than invest the time and resources to redesign its connector,” Sharpe wrote in his damages order.

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