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Apple to pay half a billion dollars for 4G patents


According to a court of law, the US tech group Apple has infringed five patents from another company for fast data transfer - and is supposed to pay for them. Apple wants to defend itself against the judgment.

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Apple criticizes "companies that amass patents to harass the industry"


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The company Optis Wireless Technology sees its patents infringed because Apple has built its technology into its smartphones, watches and tablets. A court in Texas has now followed this view - and sentenced the company to pay a good half a billion dollars for the use of 4G patents in the iPhone and other devices.

4G, also known as LTE in Germany, is currently the most widely used technology for fast data transmission in mobile communications.

The jury in the city of Marshall found it proven that Apple had infringed five patents owned by Optis Wireless Technology. The iPhone company immediately announced that it would appeal - and announced: "Such lawsuits from companies that accumulate patents to harass the industry only serve to stifle innovations and harm consumers."

The sum could be tripled

The amount set at $ 506.2 million could turn out to be even higher: the jury found that Apple had deliberately infringed the patents. This allows the judge to triple the amount.

Also in Texas, the group had recently been sentenced by juries to pay VirnetX $ 503 million for the use of patents. However, an appeals court found errors in the calculation of the amount and ordered a new process that should begin in the fall.

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Source: spiegel

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