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Apple's iPhone Infringes Three Patents, Jury Said

By - Source: Reuters | B 18 comments

It's Apple's turn to be sued for patent infringement.

A U.S. jury in Wilmington, Delaware said on Thursday that Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents owned by holding company MobileMedia Ideas LLC.

The Thursday verdict arrives after a week-long trial and a three hour jury debate behind closed doors. MobileMedia said in its original complaint that it would suffer "irreparable injury" if Apple continued to use its patented inventions in the iPhone without paying royalties.

In turn, Apple asked U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson to rule MobileMedia's three patents to be invalid as a matter of law, and that there was no "legally sufficient" basis to find that MobileMedia has proven patent infringement.

But the jury found Apple to be liable for misappropriating protected technology, and also concluded that the three patents in question owned by MobileMedia Ideas are not invalid. So far Judge Robinson has not scheduled a second trial for damages.

Based out of Chevy Chase, Maryland, MobileMedia sued Apple in 2010, claiming that the Cupertino, California-based iPhone company infringed fourteen patents. Judge Robinson took the case to trial once the number of offending patent claims were reduced to a mere three.

According to court filings, these patents were originally acquired from Nokia and Sony back in 2010, and cover the camera phone, call handling and call rejection. A court disclosure statement also revealed that 10-percent or more of MobileMedia's stock is owned by Nokia, Sony of America and MPEG LA, a patent-licensing authority.

MobileMedia, which has a portfolio of over 300 patents, also has litigation pending against HTC Corp and Research in Motion Ltd., Reuters said.

"Our goal is really to license these patents broadly to the market," said Larry Horn, chief executive of MobileMedia. "We’re not in the litigation business."

 

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    wannabepro , December 13, 2012 8:55 PM
    Look on the bright side, it wasn't written by Zak Islam
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    WithoutWeakness , December 13, 2012 8:29 PM
    Another company that holds onto patents for stuff they never made in order to make money off the companies that are actually making products.

    I'm glad to see someone's pushing Apple's lawsuit BS back in their face but I don't want it done like this.
  • 23 Hide
    NightLight , December 13, 2012 9:08 PM
    i hate the ongoing patent wars, but where apple is concerned, t's just karma...
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  • 24 Hide
    WithoutWeakness , December 13, 2012 8:29 PM
    Another company that holds onto patents for stuff they never made in order to make money off the companies that are actually making products.

    I'm glad to see someone's pushing Apple's lawsuit BS back in their face but I don't want it done like this.
  • 26 Hide
    wannabepro , December 13, 2012 8:55 PM
    Look on the bright side, it wasn't written by Zak Islam
  • 23 Hide
    NightLight , December 13, 2012 9:08 PM
    i hate the ongoing patent wars, but where apple is concerned, t's just karma...
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    Abion47 , December 13, 2012 9:14 PM
    Not that Apple didn't have it coming to them something fierce, but I'm just sick of all the drama in general. Seriously, if these tech giants put a fraction of the money they put into these legal ventures into their R&D, we would have hoverboards by now.
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 9:37 PM
    Glad to hear this.
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    techy74 , December 13, 2012 9:51 PM
    Iphone, suddenly not so innovative.
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    balister , December 13, 2012 9:52 PM
    WithoutWeaknessAnother company that holds onto patents for stuff they never made in order to make money off the companies that are actually making products.I'm glad to see someone's pushing Apple's lawsuit BS back in their face but I don't want it done like this.


    I guess you missed this comment in the article:

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    According to court filings, these patents were originally acquired from Nokia and Sony back in 2010, and cover the camera phone, call handling and call rejection. A court disclosure statement also revealed that 10-percent or more of MobileMedia's stock is owned by Nokia, Sony of America and MPEG LA, a patent-licensing authority.


    So, Sony and Nokia decided to work with another company and combine all their patents together for licensing purposes thus allow all three companies to be able to make money off the fruits of their labors. I see nothing wrong with this, this is not someone patent trolling, but bringing patents together to make licensing of said patents, that were rightfully worked on and created by the overall partner companies, easier for other companies using those technologies and go to a single source for licensing.
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    sliem , December 13, 2012 9:55 PM
    "Judge Robinson took the case to trial once the number of offending patent claims were reduced to a mere three."

    How did 14 infringing patents become three? What happened to the other 11?
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    _Cubase_ , December 13, 2012 10:20 PM
    Apple is reaping what they sew.... still sucks that it's happening all over the place.

    All these patent issues are doing is sending a message to our future inventors and innovators: If you've got the balls to make it, we've got the balls to sue you for it!
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 10:58 PM
    I'm tired of all those legal parasites that are attracted by Apple's big cash reserve. And I'm sure they will get 10 times the money they could have hypothetically made IF they had an extremely successful product on the market. But they don't, so they prey on other companies success. Truly pathetic!
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    danwat1234 , December 13, 2012 11:26 PM
    Hold on, there is a city in Maryland named Chevy Chase? I guess the actor lived there?
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    balister , December 14, 2012 12:52 AM
    LandoCalisseI'm tired of all those legal parasites that are attracted by Apple's big cash reserve. And I'm sure they will get 10 times the money they could have hypothetically made IF they had an extremely successful product on the market. But they don't, so they prey on other companies success. Truly pathetic!


    Please re-read the article, this is not some patent troll, but a company created by Nokia and Sony to license their patents to make it easier for others to license the patents that they own. At the end of the article, you'll note the following commentary:

    Quote:
    "Our goal is really to license these patents broadly to the market," said Larry Horn, chief executive of MobileMedia. "We’re not in the litigation business."


    And if you read back a little, which I highlighted above, this is a company that was made by Nokia and Sony for licensing of their combined patent portfolio to make it so other companies don't have to come to each of them individually and work out a licensing agreement, they can just go to the single entity to deal with the licensing aspects streamlining the whole situation.
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    twelve25 , December 14, 2012 12:54 AM
    what comes around.....

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    john15v16 , December 14, 2012 1:51 AM
    @wannabepro
    Quote:
    Look on the bright side, it wasn't written by Zak Islam


    Yeah, I was thinking he same thing but, I think Zak only posts news that praises apple...

    anyways...

    Apple needs some of their own shakanery tossed back at them for a while.
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    vaughn2k , December 14, 2012 3:07 AM
    wannabeproLook on the bright side, it wasn't written by Zak Islam

    So why Zak did not wrote this? Because t is against Apple?
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    teh_chem , December 14, 2012 11:30 AM
    I really wish the patent system would change (don't we all). I wish that in order to exercise lawsuits against companies for alleged patent infringement on patents used in technology, that the patent holding company needs to manufacture, market, and sell a product that actually uses those patents.
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    amdwilliam1985 , December 14, 2012 1:39 PM
    LandoCalisseI'm tired of all those legal parasites that are attracted by Apple's big cash reserve. And I'm sure they will get 10 times the money they could have hypothetically made IF they had an extremely successful product on the market. But they don't, so they prey on other companies success. Truly pathetic!


    Yeah, apple, stop stealing other people/company's ideas/innovations. a crook company headed by Tim Crook, haha. Coincidence?