Apple has been ordered to pay $308.5 million to Personalised Media Communications after a federal jury in Texas discovered the corporate had infringed on a know-how patent associated to digital rights administration, Bloomberg reported. PMC had sued Apple over its FairPlay know-how, used to distribute encrypted content material from iTunes, Apple Music, and its App Retailer.
PMC, which is a patent licensing agency, initially sued Apple in 2015, claiming the tech large had infringed seven of its patents. Apple efficiently challenged the case to the Patent Trial and Enchantment Board, however an appeals court docket reversed the patent board’s choice final March, and the case went to trial.
Apple didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Verge on Sunday, however advised Bloomberg it could attraction the ruling. “Cases like this, brought by companies that don’t make or sell any products, stifle innovation and ultimately harm consumers,” Apple’s assertion reads.
Reuters notes that Sugarland, Texas-based PMC additionally has infringement circumstances pending towards Netflix, Google, and Amazon.