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In March Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple loses Patent Infringement Case in Texas and ordered to pay 'Personalized Media Communications' $308 Million." Personalized Media had sued claiming Apple infringed its patent with technology including FairPlay, which is used for the distribution of encrypted content from its iTunes, App Store and Apple Music applications.


One expert for Sugar Land, Texas-based Personalized Media had calculated Apple owed $240 million in royalties. After a five-day trial, the jurors in Texas ordered Apple to pay a running royalty, which is generally dependent on the level of sales or usage.


Today Bloomberg is reporting that Apple Inc. won a ruling that will toss out a $308.5 million verdict it lost to closely held Personalized Media Communications LLC over a patent for digital rights management.


Personalized Media’s patent is unenforceable because the company intentionally delayed its application at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office so it could get more money later, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Texas ruled.


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