Smartflash has caused Apple a huge budget squeeze already this year, by causing the magnificent company to pay nothing less than $532.9 million, after a federal jury in Texas made an investigation finding out that the iTunes software owned by Apple disobeyed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC. Those three patents seemed to be related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems” in iTunes,iAd and the Mac App Store. The patents’ use in apps are related to Coin Dozer and 4 Pics 1 Movie, owned by Game Circus LLC’s.
Smartflash publicly stated that Apple has intentionally intruded into the business of its company, the reason being the fact that one of its executives has been given information about the technology more than ten years ago. On the contrary, Apple has denied the theory of Smartflash, because most certainly people didn’t start buying the iPhones for instance because of the features that they have intercepted from Smartflash. However, after eight hours in which the jury wanted to deliberate, they came in favour of Smartflash and the verdict has been given on Tuesday.
Moreover, the amount of money that Smartflash wanted to receive wasn’t approved by the court. They were seeking to get $852 million from Apple, but they will be able to get only $523.9 million. Additionally, Apple has previously stated that the demands are “excessive and unsupportable” and it didn’t agree with the decision of the jury, saying that the damages that have been caused don’t represent more than $4.5 million at most.
Boomerang has hosted the statement of an Apple spokesman right after the decision has been made.
“Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no US presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented.”
In addition, he said that they have refused to pay the company for the ideas that were actually an intellectual property of their employees and not Smatflash’s, for which they have spent years in innovating. Unfortunately, they had to stop fighting and accept the conditions that have been deliberated. However, Apple has publicly admitted that the company wants to appeal against the ruling.
On the other hand, Apple is not the only big company after which Smarflash is after; Samsung is also taken into consideration. Some other giants of the tech world that have been slapped with similar lawsuits are Google and Amazon, but in their cases, nothing has been concluded yet.
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