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Court Tosses Personalized Media Communications’ Apple $308.5M Patent Verdict

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Apple (AAPL) convinced a federal judge to dismiss a $308.5 million jury verdict it lost to a privately-held licensing firm, Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC) for infringing a patent associated with digital rights management.

Rodney Gilstrap, U.S. District Judge stated that Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC) intentionally delayed filing its application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in hopes to obtain a larger payout. Gilstrap informed that PMC’s delay lasted many years.

“This court takes very seriously the prospect of disturbing the unanimous verdict of a duly empaneled jury,” but PMC’s “deliberate strategy of delay” was a “conscious and egregious misuse of the statutory patent system,” Gilstrap wrote.

Based in Sugar Land, Texas, PMC claimed in its 2015 lawsuit that the FairPlay software used in Apple’s iTunes service and App Store to decrypt movies, music, and apps infringed its patent obtained in 2012. However, the judge accepted Apple’s defense of “prosecution laches,” which allows blocking a patent holder from enforcing a patent after an unexplained and unreasonable delay. Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“PMC respectfully disagrees with Judge Gilstrap’s ruling and plans to appeal,” its lawyer Douglas Kline of Goodwin Procter said in an email.

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(Read Original Story: Apple wins court ruling throwing out $308.5 million patent verdict in Reuters)


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