Apple wins court order limiting damages in Personal Audio ‘playlist’ case

“Apple Inc., ordered by a jury to pay $8 million for violating patents with its music playlists on the iPod, won a U.S. court ruling that Personal Audio LLC can’t seek additional damages from use on the iPad, iPhone and Macs,” Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg.

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“The decision [on Friday] by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark in Lufkin, Texas, effectively shuts off efforts by Personal Audio to pursue a second patent-infringement lawsuit that it filed against Apple after the July 8 jury verdict,” Decker reports. “‘The court finds that the jury’s selection of lump sum as the appropriate form of reasonable royalty clearly represents a damages award giving Apple a fully paid up license that covers all past and future use of the patented technology,’ Clark said in a decision posted on the court’s website.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s it, troll. Back under your bridge now, you’re cut off.

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Eastern Texas court orders Apple to pay $8 million in patent trial over iPod playlists – July 9, 2011


    1. Any guesses as to how much out of the 8 million Personal Audio actually gets to pocket after Uncle Sam and the Attorneys take their share? (Boy, that sounds like a music group.)

      My guess is 2.5 million.

        1. If the damages are in part considered recovery for lost profits I would think the IRS would consider them to be income and fully taxable. And you might be a bit low on the attorney’s fee percentage unless patent cases differ from personal injury cases in this regard.

  1. Another company violates Apple’s patents – other company is evil

    Apple violates another company’s patents – other company is evil

    objectivity would be nice…but this is MDN

  2. Bongo, the problem here is that the company in question decided to go back to the well a second time. Having won, and awarded damages, it had filed a follow-up suit in an effort to get more money for the same patent. I, for one, don’t begrudge Personal Audio the court win (tho, like most, I think the Eastern District of Texas is a sleazy place to file a tech law suit). However, I also don’t blame Apple for countering that one bite at them was quite enough.

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