Apple is due to pay $300 million in royalties following a patent re-litigation, a Texas jury determined Friday. According to Reuters, a jury ruled that Apple should pay patent company Optis Wireless Technology and related companies because the technology Apple used in its iPhones, iPads and watches allegedly infringed Optis patents.
Last year, a jury awarded Optis $ 506 million, but in April a judge overturned that decision and ordered a new litigation only for damages. US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said the first jury was not allowed to consider whether the award was awarded under the “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) conditions required in standard patent cases.
The five patents in question were once owned by LG, Panasonic and Samsung, but were acquired by Optis.
An Apple spokesman said the company is disappointed with the verdict and plans to appeal. “Optis does not manufacture any products and its only business is to sue companies using the patents they accumulate,” a company spokesman wrote. “We will continue to defend ourselves against their attempts to obtain frivolous payments for the patents they have acquired.”