Apple was ordered to pay a Texas company $23.6 million after a jury decided the iPhone and other Apple devices used SkyTel pager patents without permission.
The patents were owned by Mobile Telecommunications Technologies and developed in the 1990s but are still considered valid, according to Bloomberg News. Despite the ruling, the company only received about a tenth of what they were seeking in court. The Lewisville, Texas-based company was originally seeking $237.2 million in damages.
The patent infringement was based on Apple using messaging with its iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This is the second court case over pager patents, although Apple won the first one last month.
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