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The intellectual property holding company for video came controller maker SCUF Gaming has won a $4 million verdict in the nation’s first all-virtual patent infringement jury trial.

Jurors in the virtual Seattle courtroom of U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly of the Western District of Washington found unanimously Monday that Valve Corp.’s Steam Controllers infringed all seven asserted claims of Ironburg Inventions Ltd.’s 8,641,525 patent. That number was on the lower end of the damages range sought by Ironburg during closing arguments. But the jury also found that Valve’s infringement was willful, which means that Zilly will have the option of enhancing damages if he finds the infringement was “egregious.”

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at [email protected]

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