OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A unit of Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. has been ordered to pay $500,000 to settle a patent infringement lawsuit.
The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/MtQhZH) reported that the damages were awarded by a jury in a Texas court to Ambato Media LLC., which had sued Garmin International Inc.
Garmin said in a statement Friday that the verdict stated Ambato Media LLC.'s patent was infringed over the use of a television receiver service called MSN Direct.
Garmin says that it discontinued using these personal navigation devices in 2010 and that the MSN Direct service was closed in January.
Garmin says the verdict wouldn't affect current products and services.
Garmin vice president and general counsel Andrew Etkind said in a statement that the company is pleased that Ambato's demand for "exorbitant damages" was rejected.