British patent case could cost Apple billions

Apple may have to pay billions to a so-called patent troll. The case concerns a claim by Optis Wireless, which was initially awarded $506 million in a US case against Apple before the verdict was overturned on appeal.

A patent troll usually buys patents for no other purpose than to extort companies. Often these are patents that are drafted in very general terms. In this case, the company has bought a number of LTE patents.

In the UK, Optis has filed a separate lawsuit seeking something like $7 billion if Apple continues to sell unlicensed iPhones.

A judge of the Supreme Court judged last month that Apple violated two Optis patents. The exact amount is to be determined in a separate lawsuit next year.


Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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