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US jury tells Apple to pay $308.5 million for patent infringement

PMC, a licensing agency, had initially sued Apple in 2015 alleging the tech big’s iTunes service infringed seven of its patents.

Reuters

PUBLISHED ON MAR 20, 2021 10:11 PM IST

A federal jury in Texas mentioned Apple Inc should pay about $308.5 million to Personalised Media Communications LLC (PMC) for infringing a patent related to digital rights administration.

The jurors late on Friday directed Apple to pay a working royalty to PMC, which is mostly based mostly on the quantity of gross sales of a services or products.

Apple mentioned it was disenchanted with the decision and deliberate to attraction.

“Circumstances like this, introduced by corporations that do not make or promote any merchandise, stifle innovation and finally hurt shoppers,” it mentioned in an emailed assertion.

PMC, a licensing agency, had initially sued Apple in 2015 alleging the tech big’s iTunes service infringed seven of its patents.

Apple efficiently challenged PMC’s case on the U.S. patent workplace, however an appeals courtroom in March final 12 months reversed that call, paving the way in which for the trial.

Sugarland, Texas-based PMC has infringement instances pending in opposition to corporations together with Netflix Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Amazon.com Inc.

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