Apple loses patent case against patent firm Acacia Research
The Eastern Texas District Court in Tyler, one infamous for its plentiful decisions in favor of large patent holding firms, has put another verdict in the win column for a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corp.
A federal jury ruled that Apple has to pay the company $22.1 million for willfully infringing upon a patent related to cellular networks. Infinite Loop, the jury felt, failed to invalidate the patent concerned in its arguments. A finding of willful infringement allows the judge to increase the awarded damages to as much as triple the ruling.
Acacia’s patent portfolio comes from a bevy of clients in the telecom, medical and semiconductor industries, to name a few, and it serves six clients concerned with patents in mobile devices. The company proudly proclaims abut $705 million in returns to its clients. This is also not the first battle that Acacia has gone through with a mobile technology company — HTC had to suffer through a sales ban at T-Mobile in Germany as a result of a legal tussle with Acacia.