A court decision communicated Tuesday condemns Apple to pay $ 506 million for infringing patents held by PanOptis and other companies. According to the information, the decision was taken by a federal jury in the Eastern District of the state of Texas.
The lawsuit involves Optis Wireless patents that are related to the use of LTE technology from the iPhone, Apple Watche and iPad.
Apple will have to pay $ 506 million for patent infringement
In the first trial with a face-to-face jury on patents, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a decision was not favorable to Apple.
According to Law360, the federal jury for the Eastern District of Texas decided that Apple should be ordered to pay 506 million dollars, about 430 million euros. The problem is related to the alleged infringement by the Cupertino company related to an LTE patent by Optis Wireless.
In short, the process involves Optis Wireless patents pertaining to the LTE technology present on the iPhone, Apple Watch and the Apple brand iPad.
In court, Apple still tried to prove that it had not infringed on the patent technology to give access to LTE, but failed effectively. One of the Cupertino company's arguments was that an iPhone could be analyzed to find that it had not infringed the patents in question. According to Apple, the compatibility of the iPhone with LTE, like other smartphones on the market, did not in itself mean a patent infringement.
However, Optis Wireless claims that Apple infringed its patents and still refused to make a licensing agreement. The patent brand said it had offered Apple a 'global license' for the use of LTE-related patents and in its opinion this decision would meet its obligations to be “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory”. But despite efforts to reach an understanding with Apple, Optis Wireless claims it has never been successful in the negotiations.
Patents allegedly infringed by Apple
- "Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving a shared control channel message in a wireless communication system through orthogonal frequency division multiple access"
- “Method for transmitting and receiving control information through the PDCCH”
- “Mobile station device and random access method”
- “System and method for channel estimation in a delay diversity wireless communication system”
- "Method of transmitting uplink signals"
- "Change of mode between SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO."
- “Control channel signaling through a common signaling field for transport format and redundancy version”
Even with Apple's arguments, the jury decided that the apple brand failed to prove its view that Optis Wireless's claims are unfounded. Accordingly, Tim Cook's company will have to pay $ 506,200,000 to Optis Wireless and other related companies.