A U.S. jury says Apple didn't infringe five anti-piracy patents owned by a Pendrell Corp. subsidiary at trial in a Texas federal court, reports Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/qaa9e4g). The jury also found that Apple didn’t prove that the patents were invalid. No damages were awarded to Pendrell subsidiary ContentGuard Holdings.
In 2013 ContentGuard sued Apple and other companies, claiming patent infringements involving more than 300 issued patents and more than 160 pending patent applications in content management and protection technologies. The Pendrell subsidiary claimed that many of the world's mobile phones, tablets and e-readers produced today rely on its digital rights management technologies ("DRM") to safeguard music, movies, television shows, games, documents and other content from piracy.
"Many leading companies around the world have recognized the value of our technological innovations and have been willing to pay a fair and reasonable amount to lawfully use these innovations in their own products," says James Baker, ContentGuard's vice president for licensing and strategic development, in a press release. "Unfortunately, other companies have chosen to take the opposite approach, continuing to unlawfully use ContentGuard's intellectual property even after acknowledging that they should pay for its use. After significant time, effort, and expense has been invested by ContentGuard to resolve these matters amicably, it is unfortunate that we are forced to resort to the courts to protect the significant investment we have made in innovation."