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A federal jury in Tyler, Texas ruled on Tuesday that Apple must pay $532.9 million in damages to Smartflash LLC. Bloomberg reports that the jury found iTunes to infringe on its patents related to “managing access through payment systems.”

The original complaint was filed in 2013, with Smartflash asking for $852 million. The company argued it was entitled to a percentage of sales of Apple’s devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, that were used to access iTunes.

Apple spokesman Kristin Huguet says Smartflash is your typical patent troll. “Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented.”

The Cupertino firm, of course, plans to appeal the ruling, but the win has given Smartflash confidence as it moves to take on other tech giants including Samsung, Amazon and Google. Google is trying to have its case transferred to a court in California.

“The jury was very attentive, took good notes and worked very hard,” Smartflash lawyer John Ward said after the verdict was announced. “We think they got it right.”

Source: Bloomberg

  • George


    • angry one

      what are you doing with that dog, set it free!!!

      • George

        That’s Stephen amell

      • Marcus

        Arrow is an epic show

      • George

        Heck yes

      • Smartest Dev

        I like the Flash slightly better than Arrow. 🙂

  • Chris

    $700,000,000,000 – $533,000,000 = Pocket change

    • cybersat

      Thanks for your all contribution to make it a pocket change.

    • I don’t think that’s the point. Now they can do the same thing to other companies regardless of how much money they have. From Samsung all the way down to the little guys who don’t have as much “pocket change”.

      • Kr00

        They’ve already sued Samsung, Google and Amazon. Just a scumbag patent troll who produces nothing, employs no one and sues anyone. Patent laws are a joke.

      • Rowan09

        That’s why I’m working on a few.

  • nyangejr

    Apple lost this time

    • They haven’t lost until they’ve exhausted all of the appeals their entitled to. Of course if Apple infringes on the patent then I don’t think there’s a lot they can do even if Smartflash LLC has zero presence in the US, does not make any products and likely doesn’t even use the patent in question that they claim to have invented.

  • shar

    interesting vocabulary from apple “ Apple invented” (regardless of them being a patent troll or not) for something the court has ruled that Apple has infringed. I guess innovation comes at a cost, that is infringing other people’s patents.

    • Kr00

      Be careful what you wish for. If this becomes the only reason companies file for patents, there’ll be no company willing to produce anything. Remember the patent trolls extorting money out of small developers to pay thousands for patents Apple had already paid for. If you wish to develop an app, make a few bucks, you be happy to be extorted in this way?This only happens in the US btw.

      • shar

        I don’t care about these patent troll companies, nor do I root for them.

        I was pointing out apple using the vocabulary “we invented it” for something they were just charged and convicted of stealing/infringing, and they couldn’t prove otherwise in court.

        I am sure apple is gonna win eventually using words like “patent trolls”, “no products”, “no employees”, “no U.S. presence”, etc..
        but the core of their act and their attitude towards such behavior remains the same, “we invented it”, it’s not “we already paid for it”, etc…
        so I want to know if they were the ones who invented it, or they became the inventors because it’s a patent troll who owns the patent.

      • Kr00

        I’m sorry you’re not mature enough to understand whats going on here, only to make assumptions based on whatever bias you carry.

    • Kr00

      This “company” also wanted a percentage of every device Apple have made since iTunes began. They rented a suite opposite the court only weeks before filing the suit, as they had no precence or office or entity anywhere before this. This will be thrown out (rightly fully so) on appeal as others have been tossed out before. They also filed suits against small game developers but struck them off the day of the trial. They got their publicity and hooked the big fish they were waiting for.

      Texas is a joke, which is why these pricks file there. See it for what it really is, extortion.

      Only a brain dead moron would cheer this kind of business activity.

  • Smartest Dev

    Patent troll. Good move.