APPLE FACES SECOND SUIT FROM VICTORIOUS PATENT FIRM
Smartflash LLC is again suing Apple Inc.
Fresh from a jury win that saw Apple Inc being asked to pay $532.9 million in damages, Smartflash LLC, a Texas based company, is suing Apple Inc. for the same patents’ which the company states were used by the tech giant in their devices after the case was introduced.
According to Smartflash LLC, the ruling that was handed out on Apple Inc. earlier this week only covered older devices from Apple and did not include the use of the company’s patent licensing technology by Apple on its new devices, that is iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 as well as 6 plus.
On Tuesday this week, Apple Inc. was found to have willfully violated three patents which belong to Smartflash LLC by a jury in Federal court in Tyler, Texas.
According to the court Apple used patents belonging to Smartflash LLC with devices that interact with Apple’s iTunes software. The patents in question relates to how users store and access music, videos or games which have been downloaded.
On Wednesday, Smartflash LLC filed a complaint at same court in Tyler, Texas.
"Smartflash filed the complaint to address products that came out too far into the last proceedings to have been included," said Brad Caldwell, Smartflash LLC attorney, while speaking to reuters.
"Apple cannot claim they don’t know about these patents or understand that they are infringing. A diligent jury has already rejected those arguments."
Apple is set to appeal the verdict that was reached upon on Tuesday by the jury in Tyler, Texas stating that the ruling that was reached upon was another classic case as to why reforms needs to be introduced in the patent system so as to prevent litigation.