Apple ordered to pay $532.9 million to an iTunes patent troll
Regardless of makes an attempt to curb patent trolls, at the least a few of them are getting fortunate — and this week, one acquired very fortunate. A Texas courtroom has ordered Apple to pay a whopping $532.9 million to Smartflash, a holding firm which sued over claims that iTunes (particularly its copy safety, cost methods and storage) violates its patents. The Cupertino crew allegedly abused the innovations on function, partially as a result of considered one of its execs was briefed on them over a decade in the past.
Apple is interesting the ruling, and factors out that Smartflash hasn’t precisely been above-board in its conduct. It exists solely to extract patent royalties, and waited years to take motion — it even arrange its solely workplace throughout from the courthouse holding the trial, making clear that lawsuits have been anticipated from the beginning. It is exhausting to inform whether or not or not the attraction will achieve decreasing the payout (Apple needed to restrict damages to $four.5 million) or overturning the decision. Nevertheless, Apple is not the one goal within the crosshairs. Smartflash has additionally sued Google and Samsung, so it might trigger plenty of grief for the tech business as an entire.
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