Apple has finally announced that it has settled a long-running patent dispute between it and a company called SimpleAir. SimpleAir filed a patent infringement suit against Apple back in 2009 in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas. That suit alleged Apple was infringing on four patents having to do with the transmission of data and alerts for unconnected users.
The case was supposed to go to trial in the Texas Court in April. However, before the trial was set to commence, Apple and SimpleAir entered into negotiations outside of court. Negotiations have now come to an end.
Apple has agreed to license the SimpleAir patents at an undisclosed term. Apple undoubtedly had some indication that it couldn’t win the case in court to have chosen to settle outside. The Texas court in question is known for siding with patent holders.
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