Apple loses $21.7 million in patent suit, appeal in progress

8 12 2009

Last week, a federal judge entered final judgement against Apple in a patent infringement suit brought by OPTi Inc. US Magistrate Judge Charles Everingham granted Apple’s motion for judgment as a matter of law that it did not willfully infringe OPTi’s patent for predictive cache snooping, but nonetheless entered a guilty verdict against Apple for infringement, upholding a jury award and tacking on interest for a total of $21.7 million in damages. Apple has argued throughout the case that OPTi’s patent should be invalid, and promptly filed an appeal the following day.

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