Aircell wins patent suit over Internet system

By Ameet Sachdev
Posted Aug. 19, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.

The company Aircell said Thursday that it has settled remaining claims in a patent lawsuit brought against the company over its in-flight Internet system.

The settlement news comes three weeks after a Massachusetts jury found that Aircell had not infringed on a patent owned by Ambit Corp., a technology company based in Massachusetts.

Under the settlement, Ambit agreed to pay Aircell an undisclosed amount, Aircell said, and agreed not to sue Aircell or any of its customers over its “Gogo” Internet service in the future. The parties also agreed to dismiss all remaining claims and counterclaims.

The legal victory comes as Aircell rolls out wireless Web access on airlines such as Delta, American and United. Gogo is available on nearly 1,000 commercial aircraft. Its commercial aviation business is based in Itasca.

Last year Ambit sued Aircell and Delta Air Lines, one of its customers, alleging that the Gogo system was based on of its patent for wireless communications. The suit was filed in Massachusetts

A jury on July 28 found that Ambit had not proved the patent infringement. Delta also was dismissed from the case.

Ambit officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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