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

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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

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Judge Gilstrap may have just received a very thick envelope. Sent from the iMore App
  • yea, Apple invented everything or at least should just be ignored if they use someone else's IP.
  • I understood your point that Apple doesn't own the world. but just want to point out that the patent troll that just hold the patent and doesn't even produce anything on that patent is just silly. Ideas are everywhere but the patent should go to the first person who actually made the idea to real products, not just the first person that beat everyone to the patent office. Example, one company is trying to produce something and on the testing phase, then someone leaks or sell the in side info to patent troll company. That's really suck.