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A federal court ordered Boston Communications Group Inc (bcgi) and Cingular Wireless from selling prepaid wireless services based on Freedom Wireless' patented systems. Bcgi plans to appeal the decision.

Bcgi originally was hit with the $128 million patent infringement judgment in May after a jury ruled that the company "willfully" infringed on Freedom Wireless' patents. In September, a federal judge upheld the $128 million judgment against the company.

A federal court ordered Boston Communications Group Inc (bcgi) and Cingular Wireless from selling prepaid wireless services based on Freedom Wireless' patented systems. Bcgi plans to appeal the decision.

Bcgi originally was hit with the $128 million patent infringement judgment in May after a jury ruled that the company "willfully" infringed on Freedom Wireless' patents. In September, a federal judge upheld the $128 million judgment against the company.

In its latest blow, a federal court imposed an injunction that forbids bcgi and Cingular Wireless from selling prepaid wireless services that are connected with the Freedom Wireless patents, which bcgi was found to infringe upon.

The ruling does allow bcgi and Cingular to continue to serve current customers for 90 days, but that would require the companies to pay Freedom a 2.5-cent-per-minute royalty for any use during that period. Bcgi asserts it charges, on average, a penny for the services covered by the patents.

The court also granted a Freedom Wireless request to add prejudgment interest and other costs to the damages total, which, according to bcgi, brings its total liability to $148.1 million.

As with earlier rulings, bcgi refuses to give up. "Our fight is far from over," said E.Y. Snowden, bcgi president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "We will bring our appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has nationwide jurisdiction over patent issues and is especially skilled at reviewing complex patent cases, where we hope to prevail."

Bcgi hopes to win approval to continue to serve its customers during the appeals process.

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