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Meta ordered to pay Voxer $175 million for infringement of live streaming patents

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Meta was ordered to pay app developer Voxer nearly $175 million in fines for infringing live-streaming patents. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Meta has been ordered to pay more than $174 million in damages to walkie-talkie messaging app creator Voxer after a jury found the social media giant in Texas federal court guilty of infringing two live streaming patents with Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

The patents in question were developed in 2003 by Voxer co-founder Tom Katis, a US Army veteran, to correct deficiencies in battlefield communication he experienced after an ambush in Kunar province. Katis and his team began developing communication solutions in 2006. , as a result of new technology enabling the transmission of live voice and video communications. Voxer was created in 2007 and the Walkie Talkie app was launched in 2011.

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