In a ruling published yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware issued a memorandum opinion and orders denying motions by both Gogo Business Aviation and SmartSky Networks. The two companies have disputed each other’s plans for the implementation of their 5G air-to-ground connectivity networks.

The ruling denied Gogo’s motion to strike improper reply arguments. The motion also denied SmartSky’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented Gogo from “making, using, offering to sell, or selling the Gogo 5G system pending the resolution of the patent infringement suit brought by SmartSky against Gogo,” according to a Gogo statement.

The memorandum option is not available as it was filed under seal, and the two parties are now required to “meet and confer and, no later than Oct. 3, 2022, submit a joint proposed redacted version, accompanied by a supporting memorandum, detailing how, under applicable law, the court may approve any requested redactions,” according to the ruling. If the two parties can’t agree on this, the entire opinion will be unsealed.

“This ruling supports our frequently stated position that Gogo is not infringing any valid SmartSky patent,” said Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo chairman and CEO. “We will continue to vigorously defend Gogo against SmartSky’s meritless patent infringement claims.”

SmartSky filed the patent infringement complaint against Gogo in February.


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