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Aircell Victorious in Ambit Lawsuit
Aug 19, 2010 (10:08 AM EDT)
Agreement Reached to Settle All Remaining Litigation
ITASCA, Ill., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Aircell, the world's leading provider of inflight connectivity, today announced the settlement of the patent litigation between Aircell and Ambit Corporation.
The settlement agreement followed a month-long trial in federal district court concerning Ambit's allegations that one of its patents was infringed by Aircell's Gogo system. At the conclusion of the trial, a jury unanimously ruled in Aircell's favor, finding that Ambit failed to prove that any of the patent claims at issue are infringed by Aircell and, in addition, that Aircell successfully proved that all such patent claims are invalid. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, Ambit paid a monetary sum to Aircell and agreed that it will not in the future sue Aircell or any of its customers with respect to Aircell's Gogo® or Gogo® Biz service or any other Aircell technology related to in-flight communication or entertainment. The parties agreed to dismiss all remaining claims and counterclaims between them.
Over the past year, Aircell has steadily increased the daily number of airplanes deployed with Gogo, and today is providing service on nearly 1,000 commercial aircraft, with commitments from a total of nine airlines.
Aircell® is the world's leading provider of airborne communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).
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