U.S. judge throws out $533 million iTunes award

A $532.9 million judgment against Apple has been thrown out by a U.S. federal judge. The original judgment had been made after a jury had found that the company’s iTunes software infringed on three patents from a Texas-based company.

In a decision on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in Tyler, Texas, said jurors who on Feb. 24 awarded the damages to Smartflash LLC because of Apple’s willful infringement might have been confused by his instructions on how to properly calculate royalties.

Apple had argued that the damages were too high because jurors might have improperly considered the entire market value of the products, rather than distinguishing between patented and unpatented features.

Gilstrap said his jury instructions were legally correct but not applicable to the facts of the case. This “may have created a skewed damages horizon for the jury,” he said.

He set a new trial only on the issue of damages for Sept. 14 in Tyler, where Smartflash is based.

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