Apple ordered to pay $533 million for breaching gaming patents


A federal jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $532.9 million for infringing on patents held by Smartflash LLC, in software and games delivered through iTunes, reports Bloomberg. The plaintiff claimed that Apple infringed three patents related to “data storage and managing access through payment systems” and cited their use in apps like Game Circus LLC’s Coin Dozer and 4 Pics 1 Movie. Game companies who used the same technologies settled out of court with Smartflash earlier. Apple said that it saw no reason to pay royalties on the price of a phone when the dispute was over a…

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