Apple sued again by Smartflash following $533 million verdict

On February 25, Apple lost a court battle against Smartflash LLC for infringing on some gaming patents. Unfortunately, that meant Apple was ordered to pay upwards of $532.9 million.
“Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included,” Smartflash’s attorney, Brad Caldwell, told Reuters in a statement. “Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected those arguments.”

Smartflash filed the second lawsuit hours after a Texas jury found Apple guilty for its old devices to the tune of half a billion. Apple lawyers have stated the company plans to appeal the decision because the patents are “invalid”.

The patented technologies held by Smartflash cover the digital rights management for downloaded songs, games, and videos.

Apple, for its part, does plan on appealing the original court decision, and pointed as this being another reason why the patent system needs to be reformed in a major way. These patents cover the digital rights management for songs, games and videos, and Apple believes that they are invalid. More than that, though, Apple doesn’t seem to think very highly of Smartflash LLC in general:
“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented,” said Kristin Huguet, an Apple spokeswoman. “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.“
So what do you think ?



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