Saturday, July 9, 2011

Apple Ordered to Pay $8 Million for Infringing on Playlist Patent

Apple has been ordered to pay Personal Audio LLC $8 million after a federal jury in Texas found that the company infringed on a patent for downloadable playlists, according to Bloomberg.

Personal Audio, a patent licensing company with an office in Beaumont, Texas, sued Apple in 2009 for $84 million in damages, claiming infringement of two patents. The jury today found that the patents were infringed, and upheld their validity, according to Personal Audio's lawyer, Ron Schutz of Robins Kaplan in Minneapolis.

Bloomberg notes that the patents covered an audio player that could receive navigable playlists and skip forward or backward through the downloaded list. Apple said it wasn't using the patents and that they were invalid.

*thanks iclarified*

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