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US District Court ordered Apple to pay 533 million US dollar to Smartflash in iTunes patent case

The jury decided that Apple’s iTunes software infringed three patents belonging to licensing firm Smartflash.

Feb 26, 2015 18:11 IST
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A District Court of Texas in the United States ordered the tech giant Apple on 25 February 2015 to pay 532.9 million US dollar in damages for willful patent infringement.
The jury decided that Apple’s iTunes software infringed three patents belonging to licensing firm Smartflash.

Smartflash had filed its patent infringement complaint against Apple in May 2013. Smartflash had asked for 852 million US dollar in damages for Apple’s wilful infringement of the patents.

Smartflash had accused Apple for using the iTunes software patents and App store patents related to covering portable data carriers and computer networks for payment information storage, access, management and validation.

The jury agreed with Smartflash’s argument that Apple used software based on ideas patented by inventor and Smartflash executive Peter Racz, without permission.

Apple has lost two previous patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas and successfully appealed both of them.

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