On Friday night, a jury in the U.S. state of Texas ordered Apple to pay approximately $308.5 million for infringing a patent related to PMC’s digital rights.
The jury ordered the company to pay compensation for the exploitation of the invention, and the determination of the amount was based on the number of sales of the exploited product or service.
PMC, a licensed company, filed a lawsuit against Apple in 2015 and accused Apple’s iTunes service of infringing seven of its patents.
Although Apple successfully appealed to the US Patent Office, the appeals court overturned the decision in March last year, paving the way for the new ruling.
Apple did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, but the company told Bloomberg it was disappointed with the decision and would appeal.
And Bloomberg quoted Apple as saying that cases like these are filed by companies that don’t make or sell any products that stifle innovation and ultimately hurt consumers.