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Patent Problems for Apple

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Apple have been fine circa £350 million for three patents relating to iTunes - the media player, library and mobile device management application.

Subject to an appeal, which is likely, the iTunes creators will now have to pay $530 million (£342 million) to Smartflash after a Texas jury concluded that Apple copied Smartflash’s patent (at least in part) and should pay for damages for such wrongdoing.

While the jury found in favor Smartflash, the damages awarded were significantly less than the $852 million (£549 million) Smartflash originally asked sought.

Apple denies any wrongdoing throughout the entire two-year deal and have called for the patent system to be changed.

Commenting on the decision, Kristin Huguet, Apple’s Corporate Communications Manger said:

“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no US presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented.”

“We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating, and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system.”

Apple has also been involved in the legal battle centered on DRM practices.

Challenging Apple in the courts is not easy, particularly in light on the company’s seemingly endless budget.

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