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A US jury has ruled that Realtek Semiconductor Corp has infringed a number of 3Com Corp patents and has awarded the plaintiff $45.3million in damages.

3Com Corp claimed that Taiwanese company Realtek had infringed four of its patents relating to revolutionary network interface technology. The jury found in favour of all of 3Com Corp’s claims. It also decided that Realtek had encouraged others to infringe the patents in the US, thereby being involved in wilful patent violation.

3Com Corp is now tracking a final court judgement consistent with the jury findings. It is hoping the court will consider enhancing the damages because of Realtek’s wilful actions.

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