Apple has been ordered to pay $ 308.5 million to Personalized Media Communications after a federal jury in Texas found that the company had infringed on a technology patent related to digital rights management, Bloomberg report. PMC sued Apple over FairPlay technology, which is used to distribute encrypted content from iTunes, Apple Music and its App Store.
PMC, which is a patent licensing firm, originally sued Apple in 2015, claiming the technology giant infringed seven of its patents. Apple successfully challenged the case against the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but an appeals court overturned the patent board’s decision last March and the case was executed.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment The edge on Sunday, but tell Bloomberg it will appeal the verdict. “Cases like these, brought by companies that do not make or sell products, stifle innovation and ultimately harm consumers,” Apple said in a statement.
Reuters notes that PMC in Sugarland, Texas is also pending infringement cases against Netflix, Google and Amazon.