Apple Dodges Potential $1.6B Award In Smartflash IP Suit
Law360, Los Angeles (July 2, 2015, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday said Apple Inc. did not willfully infringe media storage patents held by Smartflash LLC, nullifying a jury's determination of willful infringement which Smartflash asserted entitled it to have a $533 million damages award tripled to $1.6 billion.
In granting Apple's motion for judgment as a matter of law that its infringement was not willful, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said Smartflash failed to show that Apple knew its actions were infringing.
"The court finds that no reasonable jury could have concluded that Apple's infringement was willful," Judge Gilstrap wrote in a two-page order. "Specifically, no...
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