Texas Jury Orders Apple to Pay $533 million in a Patent Infringement Case

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  1. RaduTyrsina

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    Bloomberg reports that a Texas jury has ordered Apple to pay out $532.9 million in a patent infringement case brought by Smartflash LLC. The company says Apple has used its technology in iTunes without their consent.

    Smartflash was initially seeking $852 million, but the court decided that Apple needs to pay slightly more than half a billion dollars. According to Bloomberg, it sees that the patents in question were related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems.”

    Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson with the publication reported the following:

    Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman, also shared the company's viewpoint on the matter:

    "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented. We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”

    However, it seems that Smartflash isn’t just going after Apple, as the company is reportedly planning to sue Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung, as well.

    Source: Bloomberg
     
  2. s2mikey

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    The amazing thing is that this amount of money is pure peanuts for Apple. They have that much sitting under the couch cushions at the company headquarters. ;)
     
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    This patent troll has also sued Samsung, Google, and Amazon. This court in Texas is known for awarding huge damage awards in cases like this, making it a favourite jurisdiction in which to launch these types of lawsuits.
     
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    I guess when you own a patent it means $$ should someone infringe on it. Seems Apple broke the law.
     

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