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Apple has won a patent case against Personalized Media Communications

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09.Aug.21 11:42 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo Apple


Apple has won a patent case against Personalized Media Communications
An American judge from the state of Texas has ruled on appeal that Apple will not have to pay a fine of $ 308.5 million to license company Personalized Media Communications (PMC), reports Reuters. The company had sued Apple for patent infringement.

The case has been going on since 2015, when PMC sued Apple. Apple allegedly violated seven patents of PMC with the music service iTunes. Apple won the case once, but the decision was reversed on appeal. In the end, Apple was fined a large amount, which has now been reversed.

According to the judge, PMC had deliberately delayed the patent application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in order to eventually catch more money. Patent applicants can postpone the issue of a patent and wait for the technology to be deployed by a company, then accuse it of infringement. In June, new rules were adopted in the United States which make this type of practice more difficult.

This "deliberate procrastination strategy was a deliberate and flagrant abuse of the legal patent system", the court ruled. As a result, PMC now gets nothing and the company has to pay legal fees.

A PMC lawyer says that he does not agree with the decision of the court and again appeals against the decision. The company has more such lawsuits going on, including against Netflix, Google and Amazon.

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