Apple Could Avoid $533 Million Verdict Won by Smartflash LLC

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Apple is seemingly in constant battles with a variety of companies, and patent trolls, but it looks like a pretty big win could be a possibility for the Cupertino-based company.

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is at least one step closer to avoiding a major verdict won by Smartflash LLC back in 2015. That verdict resulted in Apple being ordered to pay $532.9 million for infringing a variety of gaming patents.

However, things have changed. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have invalidated two of the three patents owned by Smartflash LLC, which is a sizable move in Apple’s direction as the case continues:

“A three-judge panel at the patent agency found that the two patents never should have been issued in the first place because the idea of storing and paying for data is an abstract concept, not a specific invention. In March, the agency said the same thing about a third Smartflash patent.

The ruling, however, doesn’t end the case. Smartflash can ask the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to reconsider and, if that doesn’t work, file an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.”

These two patents being invalidated are on top of the patent troll’s first patent being invalidated back in March. With these invalidated patents being the crux of Smartflash LLC’s case, the chances that Apple will have to pay the aforementioned lump sum are slimming.

[via Bloomberg]