DALLAS, Texas: Apple Inc has been ordered to pay some $308.5 million, after being found guilty of infringing upon a patent owned by Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC) for the management of digital rights.
In its ruling, a jury has directed Apple to pay a “running royalty” to PMC, based upon the amount of sales of a product or service.
Apple, however, said it would appeal the guilty verdict.
“Cases like this, brought by companies that don’t make or sell any products, stifle innovation and ultimately harm consumers,” Apple officials said in an emailed statement.
In 2015 PMC sued Apple, claiming the iTunes service infringed on seven of its patents.
While Apple defeated the verdict at the U.S. patent office, an appeals court in March 2020 reversed that decision, allowing for a trial.