A US Federal Court Jury recently found Apple innocent when it came to infringing on wireless technology patents that were asserted by Canadian licensing firm, Conversant Technologies. For those of you who didn’t know, the company was looking to obtain damages that totaled $100 million for the alleged misuse. According to Reuters, the case dates back to 2012 when Conversant subsidiary, Core Wireless Licensing, filed suit against Apple with the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas which is known to be a plaintiff friendly jurisdiction.

Core Wireless, which is operating in an office based in Texas, asserted that 14 patents covering wireless data transmission technology, all of which came from a cache of 2,000 granted and filed inventions that were assigned to Nokia. Conversant ended up taking control of Core’s list of intellectual property back when it purchased the company in 2011. Following several case paring motions, Core whittled its case down to five patents and sought out $100 million in damages. The damages were calculated off of previous, current and future sales of both the iPhone and iPad. The devices that were listed as part of the patent include the following: iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5 coupled with the original iPad, iPad 2, third-generation iPad and more recently the iPad with Retina display and iPad mini.

Back when Core was bought by Conversant, Microsoft had the licensing rights to the Nokia patents and court documents show the NPE agreed to pay two-third of revenue from licensing and litigation to the tech firms. As of right now, Microsoft doesn’t have any financial stake in Core anymore.

It should be noted that aside from finding the Cupertino California company as not having infringed on the patent holdings, the jury also denied Apple’s claim that Core breached fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms for its deemed-essential patents. The recent verdict comes within the same month after Apple was ordered to pay $533 million for infringing digital media purchasing and distribution intellectual property which was held by a patent licensing firm by the name of Smartflash.

Source: Reuters via AppleInsider