Apple Smacked With $8M Patent Infringment Judgement

Written by David Richards     10/07/2011 | 01:26 | Category: IPODS

Apple has been smacked with an $8M judgement after they infringed patents for downloadable playlists, the verdict could well impact several other brands including the French brand Archos.

Apple Smacked With $8M Patent Infringment Judgement

A judge in Texas in the USA awarded Personal Audio $8 million after a US federal jury found that Apple had  infringed patents for downloadable playlists.

Bloomberg said that Personal Audio, a patent licensing company 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.

The inventions cover an audio player that can receive navigable playlists and can skip forward or backward through the downloaded list. Apple contended that it wasn't using the inventions, and that the patents were invalid.

Several other brands including Sirius and Archos are facing legal action according to lawyers acting for Personal Audio.

The iPod generated $8.3 billion in sales last year for Apple.