Apple Loses iPod Playlist Patent Trial, Ordered to Pay $8 Million
A federal jury decided against Apple in a patent infringement suit that originially included Sirius XM Radio, Coby Electronics, Archos and Personal Audio.
The suit alleged that Apple violated two patents related to downloadable playlists for iPods. Apple was ordered to pay Personal Audio $8 Million in damages, the remaining companies settled out of court last year.
The two patents in question were U.S. patent 6,199,076 "Audio Program Player Including a Dynamic Program Selection controller" and patent 7,509,178 "Audio Program Distribution Playback System." These patents describe an audio player that can download playlists and navigate backward and forward through the lists. Apple maintains the patents were invalid and they did not use them.
The courts decided otherwise, but the $8 million is chump change compaired to the $84 million Personal Audio was looking for. Also, considering Apple has roughly $60 Billion in cold hard cash, the decision might as well been a victory.