Apple is facing a heavy bill. A federal jury in Texas on Friday ruled that Apple owes $308.5 million in copyright to Personalized Media Communications for infringing its digital rights management patent.
After deliberations, a jury in marshall, Texas, a patent holder friend, found that Apple technology, including FairPlay, infringed a patent held by Personalized Media, a non-app-making organization. In addition, fairplay is used to distribute encrypted content on iTunes, the App Store and Apple Music.
Apple has been dealing with the case since 2015
Personalized Media first sued Apple in 2015. But it took years for the case to go to trial. Apple successfully appealed the defendant patent in an appeal to the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board, and later invalidated certain claims by IP. That decision was ultimately overturned by an appeals court in 2020, sending the case to trial.
According to the report, an expert sought by Personalized Media calculated that Apple’s royalties were $240 million, but jurors increased the figure to $308.5 million. For informational information, business royalties are usually calculated based on unit sales or service contracts.
Apple said in a statement that it was disappointed with the decision and planned to appeal. “Such cases brought by companies that do not make or sell any products suppress innovation and ultimately harm consumers,” the company said.