Federal judge throws out $532.9 million patent infringement verdict against Apple, orders new damage trial

A $532.9 million judgment against Apple has been thrown out by a federal judge. The original judgment had been made after a jury had found that the company's iTunes software infringed on three patents from a Texas-based company. The federal judge said that the jury may have received confusing instructions, according to Reuters:

In a decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said his jury instructions might have "skewed" jurors' understanding of the damages that Apple should pay SmartFlash LLC, a licensing company that held the patents in dispute.

The damages in the case will need to be retried, with Judge Gilstrap setting a new date of September 14, 2015.

Source: Reuters