A federal judge has overthrown a $506 million lawsuit of Optic Wireless against Apple for patent infringement. The outcome of the suit was decided last summer but the tech giant said it would make an appeal.
Last year, a jury came to a verdict and ordered Apple to pay $506 million for infringing upon patents held by PanOptis and other related companies. The tech giant stated that it was not happy with the outcome and would appeal the ruling in the future, and now, a federal judge has thrown out the damages and ruled in favor of Apple saying that the royalty damages were indeed fair.
Apple wins LTE patent infringement lawsuit against Optis Wireless with an appeal
Last year Apple said, “lawsuits like this by companies who accumulate patents simply to harass the industry only serve to stifle innovation and harm consumers”. Now, U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap has thrown out the $506 million damages awarded to Optis in the case against Apple from last year.
Apple has only won the new trial, the judge is still considering the liability findings. This means that Apple’s case is not over but it does provide the company a chance to make its case against Optis’ allegations that Apple infringed on its LTE patents and also refused to sign a licensing agreement.
Apple is currently between many legal lawsuits, the company recently agreed to pay $3.4 million after settling a programmed obsolesce lawsuit that impacted older iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models. This is the first such settlement of its kind in Latin America and marks 3 years since the lawsuit was first filed against the tech giant.
The FTC dropped an antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant’s modem manufacturer, Qualcomm. The decision was announced via a published statement by FTC’s Acting Chairwoman Rebecca Kelly Slaughter which stated that the authority “will not petition the Supreme Court for review of Qualcomm case”.