US jury rules that Google owes $338.7 million in the Chromecast patent case

A federal jury in Waco, Texas concluded on Friday that Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, had infringed the patent rights of a software developer with its remote-streaming technology and must pay $338.7 million in penalties.

The jury determined that Touchstream Technologies’ patents on video streaming from one screen to another are violated by Google’s Chromecast and other products.

The business will appeal the decision, according to Google spokesman Jose Castaneda, who also noted that the company has “always developed technology independently and competed on the merits of our ideas.”

Ryan Dykal, an attorney for Touchstream, said on Monday that his client was satisfied with the judgment.

In its 2021 lawsuit, New York-based Touchstream, which also operates under the name Shodogg, said that its inventor David Strober created technology to “move” films from a smartphone to a television in 2010.

The lawsuit claims that Google met with Touchstream in December 2011 to discuss its technology but two months later declared itself uninterested. In 2013, Google unveiled the Chromecast line of media streamers.

According to Touchstream, Chromecast violated three of its patents and duplicated its technologies. Additionally, it claimed that Google’s Home and Nest smart speakers, as well as other TVs and speakers with Chromecast functionality, violated its patents.

Google said that the patents are invalid and denied violating Touchstream’s rights.

Similar allegations were made against Comcast, Charter, and Altice by Touchstream earlier this year in Texas. Those proceedings are still ongoing.