Every business in Texas has the right to protect its intellectual property in order to steer clear of unfair competition. Therefore, the state allows its businessmen and entrepreneurs to file a business litigation claim in the event of an intellectual property dispute. In 2012, a Canadian-based patent licensing firm sued Apple Inc. for allegedly using its patents in iPhones and iPads without its consent. However, recently, a federal jury in Texas has announced that Apple did not infringe on any patents owned by the firm.
When the license firm first filed the lawsuit, it claimed that Apple allegedly infringed more than twelve of its patents. However, some of the patents were eventually excluded from the business litigation in order to streamline the case. The trial focused on five core patents.
Apple is one of the most popular companies in the world, and has been targeted for business litigation by firms that make money through licensing. For example, last month Apple was ordered to pay $532.9 million by another Texas jury after it found that the iPhone maker had infringed three patents for its iTunes software from another licensing firm.
A lot of business disputes arise due to infringement of patents and intellectual property. Those who own a business can expect to file or face a lawsuit anytime during their business career. To make sure one's company does not face a hefty business loss due to any such unexpected litigation, it may be advisable to seek advice from a business and commercial litigation attorney. Professional legal advice can help resolve one's business dispute within an appropriate amount of time.
Source: Reuters, "U.S. jury clears Apple of infringing wireless tech patents," Andrew Chung, March 16, 2015