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Apple slapped with $24M fine for stealing tech from old SkyTel pagers

Apple Patent Infringement

Apple on Tuesday was ordered to pay a $23.6 million fine to Texas-based Mobile Telecommunications Technologies after being found guilty on Monday evening of infringing six patents. A federal jury in Marshall, Texas determined that Apple’s iPhone and several other Apple devices make unlawful use of the patented technologies, which relate to pagers and date back to the 1990s.

This marks the second recent trial in which Apple was accused of stealing pager technology — the first was in California last month and Apple escaped unscathed.

The patents in question in this more recent trial are from Mobile Telecommunications’ old SkyTel pagers, which were extremely popular in the 1990s but are now outdated. Bloomberg notes that the patents covered in the case are all either recently expired or will expire soon.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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