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High cost of a lost fight

Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | By Jenna Wilson and Mee Ling Wong

The recent case of Mediatube Corp. v. Bell Canada 2017 FC 6 started with a bang — a claim for more than $350 million in damages for patent infringement — and ended “a damp squib,” in the words of the trial judge.

As disappointing as the outcome was for the plaintiffs, this decision on a 1990s patent and Bell’s Fibe TV Internet protocol television (IPTV) service is also illuminating for both ambitious patentees, and defendants facing down what some might call “patent trolls.”

The plaintiffs, patentee...