Satellite company ViaSat recently settled for $100 million with Space Systems/Loral, the company that built its first satellite and proceeded to use the technology to create competing satellites. Both companies create satellites for telecommunications purposes.
A U.S. District Court jury in San Diego found in April that Space Systems had breached a nondisclosure agreement with ViaSat, and had infringed three ViaSat patents. A second patent infringement suit was set to go to trial in 2016, but the settlement brought an end to both suits.
"We have worked hard and invested much to prove that ViaSat created and owns the critical enabling technology of the first generation of high-capacity satellites built by SS/L, including ViaSat-1, Jupiter-1 and others still being manufactured and identified in the referenced suits," Rick Baldridge, president and COO of ViaSat, said in a release.
The company's latest satellite is being manufactured by Boeing and will be launched in mid 2016, according to The Times of San Diego. Space Systems/Loral is protected from further lawsuits on an intellectual property or breach of contract basis by the settlement.