“Apple Inc., barred at a trial from calling its opponent a ‘patent troll,’ did exactly that less than an hour after jurors found in favor of the iPhone-maker and rejected claims for $93.7 million in damages,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.
“The federal jury in San Jose, California, arrived at its decision in its second day of deliberations. GPNE Corp. claimed as many as nine Apple products, including the iPhone 5, the iPad 3 and iPad Mini, infringe its patents covering wireless data communication in pagers,” Rosenblatt reports. “GPNE, based in Honolulu, calls itself a telecommunication research and licensing company with more than 30 patents covering wireless and wired data communications.”
“Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, said in an e-mail after the verdict that GPNE is nothing more than a ‘patent troll’ attempting to ‘extort money from Apple for 20-year-old pager patents that have expired, wasting time for everyone involved,'” Rosenblatt reports. “At trial, U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh prohibited Apple from referring to GPNE as a patent troll. She also forbade Apple from calling its adversary a pirate or bounty hunter or bandit, or likening GPNE’s lawsuit to ‘playing the lawsuit lottery,’ according to a court filing.”
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