Apple was ordered to pay no less than $23.6 million for infringing pager patents. The famous tech giant will have to pay this impressive sum of money to a Texas company for using the SkyTel pager technology from the 1990s, without permission.
It seems that Apple’s devices use the old technology, but they have infringed patents. SkyTel is owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies. Mobile Telecommunications sued Apple last year and claimed that the famous company has violated several of its patents. This includes services such as iMessage, calendar invitations, as well as emoji. They asked for damages of $237.2 million, but were not granted this sum.
It has been claimed that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies was one of the main pioneers of wireless technologies, back in the 1990s. SkyTel 2-Way paging system was the smartphone of the 1990s and its technology was quite impressive. It seems that the company was pleased with the decision that was reached by the jury, even though it did not get the sum it hoped for.
On the other hand, things are not great for Apple, for which this has actually been the second trial of this kind. However, last month the company came away victorious from a $94 million civil lawsuit.
Still, Apple did not admit the guilt. Despite the decision of the jury, the famous company said that they have not infringed the patents and actually Mobile Telecommunication Technologies just want to take the credit for emojis and calendar invites, and profit from the company. A lawyer for Apple said that if the company is entitled to anything, the sum should not be bigger than $1 million. Moreover, it said that the patents were invalid, as they did not cover any new innovations even when they were first issued.
After the decision of the jury on this case, Apple made no official comments. A new similar trial is set to start against Samsung, which is also accused of infringing the patents. It is yet to see what will happen in this case and if a jury will reach a similar conclusion.