Apple Must Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement on iTunes


A Federal jury found that iTunes software has infringed on three patents owned by Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash. Apple has been ordered to pay $532.9 million, even though Smartflash had been asking for over $850 million in damages.

These patents are related to accessing entertainment software and storing it, including games, songs and videos. This lawsuit dates back to May of 2013.

“We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system,” an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement to Reuters.