Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Apple to pay $8M damages

A federal jury in Texas ruled Apple must pay $8 million in damages to Personal Audio LLC, as reported on Bloomberg. The jury decided Apple infringed patents for downloadable playlists, a "software" patent held by Personal Audio.

Actually, they are two patents:
  • 6,199,076 is for "An audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations."
  • 7,509,178 describes "An audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations."
Apple argued these patents were invalid - and that it wasn't actually using the same technology, anyway. But the jury disagreed, ruling Friday in favor of Personal Audio.

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