The jury asked Apple to pay 30 8,308.5 million for the patent infringement

File photo: On October 16, 2019, the Apple Paul Ink logo hangs at the entrance of the Apple Paul Store on 5th Paul Avenue in Manhattan, USA. Ritter / Mike Seger / File photo

(Reuters) – A federal jury in Texas has ruled that Apple Pal Inc. will have to pay Personalized Media Communications LLC (PMC) about $ 308.5 million to infringe a patent involving digital rights management.

The jury late Friday ordered Apple Paul to pay an ongoing royalty to the PMC, usually based on the sales volume of a product or service.

PMC, a licensing company, originally sued Apple in 2015, alleging that the tech giant’s iTunes service had infringed seven of its patents.

Apple sues PMC over US lawsuit The patent was successfully challenged on office fees, but the appellate court reversed that decision in March last year, paving the way for a hearing.

The iPhone maker did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters but told Bloomberg it was disappointed with the verdict and would appeal.

Apple Paul was quoted here as saying by Bloomberg that such cases, brought about by companies that do not manufacture or sell any products, threaten innovation and ultimately hurt consumers.

The Sugarland, Texas-based PMC has lawsuits against companies including Netflix Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Inc.

The case is against Personalized Media v. Apple Inc.

Reported by Derek Francis and Bhargava Acharya in Bengaluru; Edited by Kim Kogil