Apple Lost a $506 Million Patent Infringement case today based on patents from Samsung, LG and Panasonic
In February 2019 Patently Apple posted a Patently Legal report covering a patent troll by the name of Optis Wireless Technology filing an 8+ Count patent infringement against Apple. Today Apple lost their case.
This afternoon Bloomberg reported that "Apple Inc. was told by a federal jury in Texas to pay US$506.2 million in patent royalties to closely held Optis Wireless Technology over 4G telecommunications technology in the iPhone and other devices.
Optis’s lawyers said it was the first patent jury trial in the U.S. since the pandemic began. The jury in Marshall, Texas, found that five patents were infringed. It also found that the infringement was willful, which could mean an increase in the damages.
Otis claimed that Apple’s smartphones, watches, and tablets that operate over the LTE cellular standard were using its technology. Apple pledged to appeal.
In a prepared statement Apple made it clear that "Lawsuits like this by companies who accumulate patents simply to harass the industry only serve to stifle innovation and harm consumers.”
The Bloomberg report could be found on their Technology Homepage titled "Apple told to pay $506 million in Texas Patent Trial Verdict."
You could review our original legal report that provides a SCRIBD document of the original Optis Wireless lawsuit here.