Apple Inc has been asked to pay $300 million in royalties after a retrial in a patent dispute in wireless technology used in iPhones and other products, as part of a global battle with a company that says it owns patents on the “… LTE Cellular.
The jury in Texas said that PanOptis Patent Management and its subsidiaries, Optis Cellular and Unwired Planet, were owed this sum as a lump sum to cover past and future use of the technology, while a jury ruled last year $506.2 million. .
The case focused only on how much Apple should pay, as US District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap in April upheld the jury liability determination, but ordered a new trial on the damages, saying the jury should have been allowed to consider whether The royalty request complies with the requirement to license essential patents on “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms.”
“We thank the jury for their time, but we are disappointed with the verdict and plan to appeal,” Apple, based in Cupertino, California, said in a statement.
Optis doesn’t make any products and its only job is to sue companies that use the patents they collect.