Apple Ordered to Pay PanOptis $506 Million for Violating LTE Patents

Apple needs to pay PanOptis $506 million for willfully infringing on a handful of patents related to 4G LTE technology, a Texas federal jury ruled today (via Law360).

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The jury said that Apple did not prove that PanOptis' patent claims were invalid, resulting in the order to pay $506 million in royalties. PanOptis first levied a lawsuit against Apple in February 2019 on behalf of five of its wireless companies, accusing Apple of violating seven patents related to LTE standards.

According to PanOptis, all LTE-enabled Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, infringe on its LTE patents. PanOptis had requested damages "in the form of reasonable royalties" when demanding a jury trial last year.

PanOptis and its sister companies, Optis Wireless Technology, Optis Cellular Technology, Unwired Planet, and Unwired Planet International, are non-practicing entities that hold patents and generate revenue through patent litigation, otherwise known as patent trolls.

Just prior to when the lawsuit was originally filed, Apple began the process of closing all of its stores in the Eastern District of Texas, presumably in an effort to avoid patent infringement lawsuits in the jurisdiction, which is a favorite of patent trolls. PanOptis' lawsuit and jury trial took place in the Eastern District of Texas.

Apple will undoubtedly appeal today's decision.

Top Rated Comments

bassrocker204 Avatar
49 months ago
The people in these juries must be some grade a morons to award millions and billions to patent trolls, time and time again.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Macintosh 128K Avatar
49 months ago
Patent trolls are the worst.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
napabar Avatar
49 months ago
This East Texas court system is notorious for awarding large payouts to patent trolls. That's why everyone files there. Why there hasn't been a federal investigation (in either Democrat or Republican administrations) into what it statistically impossible is a mystery to me. Something is rotten in East Texas.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmeaustend Avatar
49 months ago
I don't understand how a company can own patents for a standard that's used worldwide by countless businesses, especially 7 of them...
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
49 months ago

Do they have bad patent lawyers or what?
Eastern Texas is known to be favorable to patent trolls. Hence why several lawsuits are filed there vs where the company is based. The few lawsuits filed in NorCal are completely with merit as business that actually use these patents are being affected.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
napabar Avatar
49 months ago

How so? They requested for reasonable royalties. Apple sells millions and millions of these devices. Apple tried to get away from paying for facetime feature as well which is patented. Sorry, but Apple didn't create facetime, they just stole the tech.
Wrong and wrong. You're 0-2 today.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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