Japan court orders Apple to pay for patent infringement Samuel Franklin at 1:10 PM ET
[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Thursday ordered Apple [corporate website] to pay 330 million yen, (USD $3.35 million) for patent infringement involving the iPod music player's click wheel controller. The patent is disputed [IANS report] by Japanese inventor Norihiko Saito, whose company applied for the patent in 1998. Presiding Judge Teruhisa Takano stated that the 1998 patent covers the technology that Apple adopted for its iPod in Japan in 2004. The money damages awarded to Saito are significantly less than the $10 billion yen demanded [Dow Jones report] in the initial complaint.
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