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U.S. jury tells Apple to pay $308.5 million for patent infringement

Stock MarketsMar 20, 2021 12:55PM ET
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(Reuters) - A federal jury in Texas said Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) must pay about $308.5 million to Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC) for infringing a patent associated with digital rights management.

The jurors late on Friday directed Apple to pay a running royalty to PMC, which is generally based on the amount of sales of a product or service.

Apple said it was disappointed with the verdict and planned to appeal.

"Cases like this, brought by companies that don't make or sell any products, stifle innovation and ultimately harm consumers," it said in an emailed statement.

PMC, a licensing firm, had originally sued Apple in 2015 alleging the tech giant's iTunes service infringed seven of its patents.

Apple successfully challenged PMC's case at the U.S. patent office, but an appeals court in March last year reversed that decision, paving the way for the trial.

Sugarland, Texas-based PMC has infringement cases pending against companies including Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google and Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN).

U.S. jury tells Apple to pay $308.5 million for patent infringement
 

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CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Mar 21, 2021 12:29AM ET
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All big tech companies are evil
Mohd Isa Siti Nadia
Mohd Isa Siti Nadia Mar 21, 2021 12:03AM ET
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may i learn this more please .from malaysia
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 20, 2021 6:42PM ET
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PMC makes it's living by making up shady, bad patents (bad sketches and drawings) about emerging technologies without any intention of ever making anything then suing anyone who makes anything remotely like it. They made a business not to create anything but only to sue people who do create things.  They are crooks and should be in prison.
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AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 20, 2021 6:37PM ET
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PMC will find itself in prison, and the Texas judge will be investigated. The supreme court will overturn the ruling since the patent office ruled against PMC.   I'm so tired of people making up frivolous lawsuits and committing fraud and conning the system for cash. Time for PMC to go to prison.
Rod Zilla
Rod Zilla Mar 20, 2021 4:04PM ET
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Funny, in Apple's response no where do they state that they didn't steal it. More or less state that PMC wasn't using it. Well, I have a couple cars in my garage that I rarely drive, does that give someone the right to steal them with impunity? And some here defend Apple, nothing wrong with the world today either right? 🎯👨‍🎓
Timur Grets
Timur Grets Mar 20, 2021 2:36PM ET
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epicgame, and now it's ..)) you're funny. well drop the stock to $115 .. so what ?! I will buy more !!! and I will only say thank you!
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Mar 20, 2021 2:36PM ET
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oh 115 is highly possible. dont u worry. u can buy as much as u want. 2 trillion mkt cap dont think u can cover all.
RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 2:30PM ET
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The supreme court will obviously overturn this corruption by the texas judge and texas courts. Its frivelous lawsuits like this costing america a fortune. The judge ahould be investigated.
Joel Hauser
Joel Hauser Mar 20, 2021 2:30PM ET
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"Waah if something doesn't go our way then it must be corruption". Some free market you got their bubba from langley.
Shane Gg
Shane Gg Mar 20, 2021 8:23AM ET
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Lots of broken hearts over this news it seems. I wonder if any of those broken hearted were customers that had owned iPhones that Apple had slowed down the internet service so they would think they needed a new phone and go out and buy one. Several states successfully sued Apple over that one. I find it laughable that when a giant like Apple steals ideas from smaller companies then gets sued and loses, people get all broken hearted because they have to pay a tiny fraction of their revenue to make it right.
Timur Grets
Timur Grets Mar 20, 2021 8:23AM ET
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according to your logic - the one who is rich and quick is always to blame? what's the difference what income Apple has? there must be justice. if the company is not to blame, why should it pay something to someone unknown?
Shane Gg
Shane Gg Mar 20, 2021 8:23AM ET
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Timur Grets  Apparently, it was to blame. It was found to be to blame by a jury, now was it not?
CHAD TENDIES
CHAD TENDIES Mar 20, 2021 7:51AM ET
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Thats like a $30 dollar fine to them Lol
Luu Hung
Luu Hung Mar 20, 2021 3:57AM ET
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Send this state back to Mexico. Too many problem
Mike Brarey
Mike Brarey Mar 20, 2021 3:27AM ET
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Apple fanboys are crying today
gm mk
gm mk Mar 20, 2021 2:46AM ET
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very corrupted texas judge.
Jason Crawford
Jason Crawford Mar 20, 2021 2:46AM ET
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Um. It was a Jury that decided the facts, not a judge
Timur Grets
Timur Grets Mar 20, 2021 2:46AM ET
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just the judges want to buy shares cheaper! for $ 115
Rod Zilla
Rod Zilla Mar 20, 2021 2:46AM ET
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GM, your reading comprehension ***** judge...lol
Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Mar 20, 2021 1:54AM ET
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pay me too
RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 1:38AM ET
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Patent agency obviosly already decided. How some texas judge can use a texas jury for a texas companu y to override their decision feels like the judge should be investigated, although the supreme court will obviously stand by the patent agency decision
Mse II
Mse II Mar 20, 2021 12:48AM ET
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Apple patent infringement. Surprise, Surprize Big Tech doing whatever they want and expecting not to pay the consequences. Apple the company that locks things down so tight you're not even permitted to choose who can repair your own device. Because if it breaks they want you to pay them an arm and a leg to fix or replace it.It doesn't matter if the other company makes anything. If the roles were reversed Apple would expect compensation.
Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Mar 20, 2021 12:48AM ET
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apple must pay to all in the world
RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 12:02AM ET
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Wow a texas judge bought off by some texas company gets a texas jury to override patents... this will be overturned
 
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