Jury rules Apple iPhone violated MobileMedia patents

December 13, 2012
A person looks at an iPhone 5 on November 15, 2012 in Saint-Herblain, western France. A federal jury on Thursday found Apple guilty of infringing on smartphone call handling and camera patents held by a licensing firm in which rivals Sony and Nokia hold stakes.

A federal jury on Thursday found Apple guilty of infringing on smartphone call handling and camera patents held by a licensing firm in which rivals Sony and Nokia hold stakes.

A verdict form available online showed that a trial held in the state of Delaware resulted in jurors finding that technology built into the iPhone violated three patents held by MobileMedia Ideas.

MobileMedia filed suit against Apple in early 2010, accusing the Cupertino, California-based company of infringing on more than a dozen of its patents but the number was trimmed to three by the time the case went to trial.

A date had yet to be slated for the portion of the proceedings that will be devoted to determining how much Apple should pay in damages.

MobileMedia's website described the company as a " licensor" of inventions by makers of smarpthones and other .

The company claims to have more than 300 patents in its portfolio, which is reportedly rife with technology innovations from Nokia and Sony.

Courtrooms around the world have become active battlegrounds for "patent wars" being fought by smartphone titans.

Apple recently negotiated a truce with Taiwan-based HTC, but remains entrenched in legal fighting in several countries with South Korea's Samsung.

Last week, a US judge mulling whether to trim or overturn Apple's billion-dollar against Samsung in called for a ceasefire in the ongoing patent war between the smartphone titans.

"I think it's time for global peace," US Lucy Koh said after legal teams from Apple and Samsung dueled for hours over post-verdict motions in her courtroom in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose.

"It would be good for consumers; good for the industry and good for the parties."

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5 / 5 (1) Dec 13, 2012

Not one word of peace while Jobs rules the roost!!!!

Oh wait...
1 / 5 (1) Dec 13, 2012
SOny et all must go thermonuclear on Apple. They used 'stolen' material.
not rated yet Dec 13, 2012
Sony patented the triangle long before Apple did.
2.3 / 5 (3) Dec 14, 2012
Apple is very good at suppressing its bad news. If it were Samsung or the like, you will find it splattered all over Google News and the like.
1 / 5 (1) Dec 14, 2012
Apple's solutions are quadrangle based - so they're more complex and financially less competitive, but it suits the needs of top quality oriented customers better, as proven with independent research studies. I guess, they should patent the flat design of mobile phone too.
not rated yet Dec 14, 2012
I would recomment them to patent the option that you can make a phone-call with it too;-)
not rated yet Dec 14, 2012
"Apple's solutions are quadrangle based" = ValeriaT

With rounded corners, which makes it an Earth Shattering innovation. Nobody had thought of rounding corners of a quadrangle before.

But Apple is of course infringing on the Sony triangle patent because of the triangular relationship between producer, product, and consumer. Apple's use of three sides of Sony's triangle is the infringement.

Now if Apple had a middleman between itself and the consumer then it would again be quadrangle based.

But as I see it, every Ipad, Ipod, and everything else Apple sells through it's iStores are infringing on the Sony triangle patent.

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