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Though I don't condone patent infringement, the jury verdict resulted in a pretty large award. Apple can bankroll it, but nonetheless this underscores the (perhaps unavoidable) lack of any baseline or bright line in determining damage awards for patent infringement. It's one of the many significant issues that Congress, if it were more functional, would immediately address in patent reform legislation. Until that happens, however, patentees have the right to enforce their IP to the greatest legal extent, and he courts have discretion to determine damage awards:

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