Apple will have to pay a $ 300 million royalty after a patent litigation retrial, a Texas jury ruled on Friday. Like reported Reuters, the jury ruled that Apple should pay the patent company Optis Wireless Technology and related companies because the technology Apple used on the iPhone, iPad and watches claimed to infringe Optis’ patents.
Last year, the jury granted Optis $ 506 million in dispute, but the judge released this award in April and ordered a new trial that focused only on damages. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said the first jury was not allowed to consider whether the amount was granted on “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” or FRAND terms required by standard-essential patent rights.
The five patents involved in the case were once owned by LG, Panasonic and Samsung, Register reportedbut they got Optis.
Apple did not immediately respond to the comment request on Sunday, but said Reuters in its statement that it intends to continue its decision-making. “Optis does not make any products and its only business is to sue companies with the patents it has collected,” the statement says. “We continue to defend companies from obtaining unreasonable fees for the patents they acquire.”
Last month Apple said a third-quarter record of $ 81.4 billion.