Smartflash Wins $532.9 Million Patent Infringement

Smartflash Wins $532.9 Million Patent Infringement
Verdict Against Apple
Federal jury finds Smartflash patents willfully infringed
TYLER, Texas – A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has
awarded Tyler, Texas-based Smartflash LLC a $532.9 million verdict after finding that
technology giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) infringed a series of Smartflash patents in
order to produce and sell Apple’s popular iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
The trial focused on three patents from Smartflash’s patent portfolio covering particular
devices and methods for storing data and providing access to that data through electronic
payment systems and use rules. Smartflash claimed that Apple practiced the three patents
– U.S. Patent No. 7,334,720; No. 8,118,221; and No. 8,336,772 – without permission in the
accused products. Further, the jury found that Apple’s infringement was willful.
In addition to awarding a sizable verdict, jurors also found that Apple failed to prove that
any claim of the three contested Smartflash patents was invalid. The jury heard testimony
that Apple generated $43.4 billion from sales of devices purchased by people who bought
them based on the infringing functionality. The case is Smartflash LLC, et al. v. Apple Inc.,
No. 6:13-CV-447.
Smartflash was represented by counsel from Dallas’ Caldwell Cassady & Curry, including
attorneys Bradley Caldwell, Jason Cassady and J. Austin Curry, as well as Johnny Ward of
Longview, Texas-based Ward & Smith. Mr. Caldwell presented the opening statement on
behalf of Smartflash and conducted the closing arguments with Mr. Johnny Ward.
Smartflash LLC is an innovative technology development and licensing company that
owns an expanding portfolio of foundational patents relating to Data Storage and Access
Systems Technology. For more information, visit