Saturday, November 21, 2015

Apple pays no damages in Pendrell/ContentGuard Holdings case

A Reuters report begins

A U.S. jury on Friday found Apple Inc did not infringe five antipiracy patents owned by a Pendrell Corp subsidiary at trial in a Texas federal court.

The jury also found that Apple did not prove that the patents were invalid. No damages were awarded to Pendrell subsidiary ContentGuard Holdings.


Of interest to the "troll" discussion, one notes the claims were found NOT to be infringed, but were NOT found invalid.
This is the same outcome as that in the Selden / Ford automobile case.

Trolls can actually employ patents with valid claims, albeit not covering the products of the accused infringer.

Note where ContentGuard came from:

ContentGuard emerged from a partnership in 2000 between Xerox Corp and Microsoft Corp to form a digital rights management business, according to court papers. It is now owned by Kirkland, Washington-based Pendrell Corp, a publicly traded patent management company, and Time Warner.

See Reuters Apple wins patent trial against Pendrell subsidiary
Read more at Reuters


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