An American court has ordered the Cupertino company to pay the fine to the PMC company, concerning a patent relating to the FairPlay technology, used in particular in the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes.
Apple has been ordered by a Texas federal jury to pay Personalized Media Communications (PMC) $ 308.5 million for patent infringement.
One of the patents in question is a "method of decrypting programs on a receiving station", which the jury found that Apple had used without authorization for its digital rights management technology, FairPlay.
FairPlay is used in the Apple App Store, Apple Music, and iTunes.
PMC is not a "patent hunter"Although PMC is not a creator or seller of products, the court ruled that the company was not a "patent hunter" because it grants exclusive licenses for its own patent invented in-house.
The amount of $ 308.5 million is the result of royalties collected since Apple first infringed the patents.
In addition, jurors also ordered Apple to pay a running royalty to PMC for cases where the patent is used in its products, which is based on the number of sales of a product or service.
Legal battleThe legal battle began in 2015, when PMC accused Apple of infringing seven of its patents.
Shortly after the complaint was filed, Apple successfully challenged the validity of PMC's patents before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Last year, however, an appeals court overturned the commission's decision, which led to the resumption of the legal fight and the jury's final decision.
In November of last year, PMC lost a lawsuit it brought against Google for various patents and is currently in litigation with Netflix.
Apple paid $ 500 million last year to end a class-action lawsuit in the United States that claimed the company artificially degraded iPhone performance in order to spur upgrades.