Personal Audio Wins $8M Verdict In Apple Patent Case

By Melissa Lipman (July 11, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal jury on Friday awarded Personal Audio LLC $8 million in damages from Apple Inc. after finding the computer giant's iPods infringed two patents for playlist technology.

The jury concluded that Apple's products violated two of Personal Audio's patents for audio players that can receive or download navigable playlists, and further rejected the iPod maker's claims that the patents were invalid, plaintiffs' attorney Ronald Schutz of Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP said Monday.

Despite the verdict, a number of issues remain to be decided, not least of which is a dispute over whether there should be a second...

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