Apple Loses In A Patent Suit:
In the judgment of the federal court on the case entitled Personal Audio, LLC vs. Apple et. al., the plaintiff Apple is mandated to pay $8 Million worth of damages to Personal Audio, the holders of the patent.
This news has taken its source from Ron Schutz, the lawyer for Personal Audio when he stated that Apple was found guilty in infringing the playlist patents.
The case was filed in the Eastern Texas federal court in 2009 by a patent licensing company based in Beaumont, of which US patents in question include the “Audio Program Distribution and Playback System” and “Audio Program Player and Dynamic Program Selection Controller”.
The said patents allegedly were infringed by Apple developers on their mobile applications. In the same year, Personal Audio is asking the sum of $84 M for compensation, but the court in its final verdict has settled it down to $8M.
The ruling has stirred some patent licensing companies enabling them to say that the required amount is already the least that it will be too impossible for the court to grant a discount, if ever Apple will appeal for the amount.
However, there is no response yet from Apple regarding their loss in this case.
Apparently, this case is quiet similar with the case filed by Lodsys in the same court. Lodsys is a non-practicing patent licensing entity that accused Apple for infringing four of its patents after warning Apple by sending letters to them.
Allegedly, Apple only responded that the licensing agreement is already covered by the company’s developers. But Lodsys rejected Apple’s claim and continued to claim a certain percentage on the revenue of the app developer.
In view of all of these claims, Apple still has the chance to file an appeal to the court.