Apple hits out at patent holders after losing court case - Mobile World Live

Apple hits out at patent holders after losing court case

12 AUG 2020

Apple slammed the actions of companies accumulating patents purely to pursue legal action, as it vowed to appeal a decision by a US court forcing it to pay $506.2 million in royalties to 4G IP owners, Bloomberg reported.

In a statement to the publication, Apple noted organisations buying patents to “harass the industry” harm consumers and stifle innovation.

Its comments followed a District Court for the Eastern District of Texas verdict against Apple, which awarded $506.2 million for violation of patents related to 4G technology to affiliates Optis Wireless Technology, Panoptis Patent Management and Unwired Planet.

The protected technologies in question were used in iPhones and a range of other devices.

Its current liability was set by the jury in the case and could subsequently be increased by the judge, Bloomberg noted.

The lawsuit is one of a number targeted at Apple and other device makers by patent licencing companies.

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