Small Software Company Secures $10 Million Patent Infringement Win Against Internet Giant AOL
SHORT HILLS, N.J., Nov. 9, 2011/PRNewswire/ — In a verdict that could have significant implications for the Internet software industry, a federal court jury in Central Islip, N.Y. found AOL liable for infringing the patent of BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc., a Long Island Internet software company. The jury also found that BASCOM’s patent, which covers remote filtering of adult or other inappropriate content, among other things, is valid and enforceable. The jury awarded BASCOM $10 million dollars in damages as a royalty for AOL’s infringement.
BASCOM has been providing schools and other educational organizations with Internet filtering solutions since 1996. Peter Cirasole, President of BASCOM, testified during the trial that he had tried to negotiate licenses for the patent with software and computer industry giants, but that he was rebuffed because those companies believed he would not have the wherewithal to enforce the patent. Other companies have entered into licenses with BASCOM that recognize BASCOM’s filtering expertise and deployed BASCOM’s filtering software in schools that subscribe to Internet services.
“We are very gratified that the Jury finally gave the justice to BASCOM that it was unable to obtain outside the courtroom,” said BASCOM’s lead trial counsel, David Stone of Stone and Magnanini LLP. Stone added, “now that we’ve established that the patent is valid, we expect other companies that are using this type of filtering technology to respect the validity of BASCOM’s patent.”
Working alongside Mr. Stone at trial were associates Jason Spiro and Carolyn Rendell. Stone & Magnanini is a law firm specializing in complex litigation and trial work with offices in New York City and Short Hills, N.J. Serving as co-trial counsel on the case were Michael Underhill and Eric Maurer of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, based in New York City, has offices strategically located throughout the United States and has tried numerous complex, high profile global matters.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc, Hauppauge, NY, is an innovative software development and professional services firm specializing in patented security and curriculum enhancement solutions that ensure the safe and effective use of the Internet. Since its founding, BASCOM has produced network security and filtering software, mobile filtering software, Internet curriculum building tools, and community building Web portals. BASCOM makes its core technology and intellectual property available through OEMs, Value Added Resellers (VARs), network integrators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). For more information please visit www.bascom.com.
SOURCE Stone and Magnanini LLP