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Apple found guilty of infringing on three MobileMedia Ideas patents, damages could be "substantial"

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Apple found guilty of infringing on three MobileMedia Ideas patents, damages could be
The damage award could be substantial said MobileMedia's CEO Larry Horn

The damage award could be substantial said MobileMedia's CEO Larry Horn

A jury in Delaware has found Apple guilty of infringing on three patents belonging to MobileMedia Ideas LLC. The latter is a company put together by Nokia, Sony and MPEG-LA to hold patents. Currently, it has 300 patents in its name. The original suit, filed in 2010, alleged that the Apple iPhone infringed on 14 MobileMedia patents, a number that was reduced to three by the court. The patents that Apple was found guilty of infringing on included 6070068, 6253075, and 6427078 relating to "incoming/current call processing", "incoming call rejection", and "image capture/transfer," respectively.

Apple's defense was that the complaint should be invalid "due to obviousness," but the jury disagreed. After listening to a one-week trial, it took the jury all of four hours to find that MobileMedia Ideas LC had "suffered and will continue to suffer damages and irreparable injury," at the hands of Apple. MobileMedia Ideas CEO Larry Horn said that his company is not in the "litigation business" and wants to license the patents, which were originally owned by Nokia and Sony. U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson will schedule a trial to be held over the issue of damages, which Horn says could be "substantial." Apple had no comment on the verdict.

source:  Bloomberg

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posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:24 32

1. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Sock it to em. They deserve it.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:34 2

4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sounds like an unknown company who wants to pirate off apples success and money.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:49 11

13. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Hey there, do you mind commenting something different and unexpectable for a change? You sound like a broken record player.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:12 4

16. dsDoan (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


If you're not going to read the article, then you shouldn't reply.

"The latter is a company put together by Nokia, Sony and MPEG-LA to hold patents."

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:12 3

17. tedkord (Posts: 4266; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sounds like a known fanboy iRationalizing.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:36 1

23. .GsmArena. (banned) (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


This eyefag needs to be banned

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:39

24. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


oh really thats the way you see it? smh...pirate off apples success and money? Are u forgetting they started pirating success first? U must be lost for saying that

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:11 3

27. networkdood (Posts: 6246; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Mxy cries because the tactics used are something APPLE would do.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 07:54 1

47. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Not only would they do it, they HAVE done it. Somewhat common practice, actually, as it prevents reciprocity.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:33 3

30. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


My dear friend didn't you read that the company was founded by Nokia, Sony and MPEG-LA to hold patents?
It's not a troll company, but one that holds three inventors' patents.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 06:15 1

44. rusticguy (Posts: 2818; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Time for greatest innovator to shell out some cash for being the greatest thief :)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 07:05 1

45. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)


@Mxyzptlk.......i think you hate apple ..or may be you like company who infringes.....because your comment make no sense. So ether it a sarcasm or your not mature...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 07:43 1

46. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3751; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Dude you are the most feeble minded person in the history of PhoneArena.com. Did you really just say that? lol

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:11 10

28. CheapSocks (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


should be invalid due to obviousnous?

A. obviousnous is not a word.
B. so does that mean samsung shouldn't have to pay apple since rectangular shape with rounded corners is pretty obvious too?
C. Apple's officially gone off the deep end and power crazy.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:30 10

2. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


"Apple's defense was that the complaint should be invalid "due to obviousness," but the jury disagreed."

what kind of defense is that? lol

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:14 5

18. dsDoan (Posts: 213; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


That's the kind of defense you should use when a company tries to ban your products because your software icons have "rounded corners."

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:33 1

3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3214; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sounds like a pretty unfair ruling.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:42 20

9. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


To quote you, on every ruling in favor of Apple, "Companies should protect their intellectual property." Why would this be unfair? Because it's against Apple?

You just say things to incite angry responses. Pure troll. Tone it down and contribute something...

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:42 9

10. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


completely fair you mor0n.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:20 11

19. tedkord (Posts: 4266; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Why don't you just come out and say it. All that matters to you is that it's Apple. If it's Apple, it's good. If it's against Apple, it's bad.

You're as easy to read as a kindergarten text book.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:35 7

5. wumberpeb (Posts: 414; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


A taste of their own medicine? Nah, a bottle of bleach is much more like it

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:41 3

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Oops...looks like apple started manipulating the system wrong, and got everyone pissed at them.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:41 10

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"Apple's defense was that the complaint should be invalid "due to obviousness," but the jury disagreed."

So suing other manufacturers for "rectangle with rounded corners" and "slide to unlock" isn't obvious? Some hypocrites they are.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:35

22. blingblingthing (Posts: 418; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I guess those other companies didn't work hard on their product to create the best consumer experience possible.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 04:52 3

42. jopancy (Posts: 55; Member since: 25 Apr 2012)


Stop deluding yourself that Apple's product offer the best user experience.
Stop repeating like a fool what marketers spoon-fed you.

And FYI, Apple's Iphones ain't that cool.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:48 8

12. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Please apply cold water to burn area.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:52 3

14. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Thats the other thing why i hate apple

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:04

15. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


Now to play the waiting game. I'm sure apple will.appeal

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:22 1

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And lose again.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:44 3

25. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


apple will appeal to a one dollar virdict

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 02:00 2

39. ReddD (Posts: 37; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Doubt they have an argument to appeal with if they went with 'invalid due to obviousness' in the 1st round.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:20 8

29. Saintmarino (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Why is it that whenever I read some article on Apple losing a patent war, it brings a smile on my face? Is it just me or anyone else is having this syndrome :)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 00:46 2

37. rrpcfc24 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


no u are not alone ...u have me for company ....i feel the same

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 05:45 1

43. someones4 (Posts: 618; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Well...we will have a laughing fit these days

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 22:55 1

31. raphael007 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


karma is a b**** had to make sure that the b**** was beautiful, here you got it samsung

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:33 1

33. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


Banned all apple products! JK or was I?
:-)

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 07:57 2

48. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'm all for that. Heck, I wish Nokia would have sought an outright ban as well as royalties when they won their case against evil, I mean apple, a few years back.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 00:45 1

36. rrpcfc24 (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Dec 2012)


Awesome !!! take that u rotten fruit

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:16 1

38. JunkCreek (Posts: 399; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


taste their own medicine.

"due to obviousness"

all their patent almost obviousness and it seems everyone in USPTO just didn't mind at all, Apple even had rounded corner and stylus patent, that even so much biggest obviousness than this in the article.

OoGgLlEeSs...

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 02:07

40. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Such incredibly yellowish teeth lol

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 02:51

41. CheapSocks (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


These cases shows just how broken the current tech patents systems are. Make these companies prove with their products, NOT THEIR WALLETS, that they deserve the patents. Simple things like rectangular shape with rounded corners, slide to unlock, and the ones mentioned in this article should not have patents. If Apple really wants to compete with Samsung or any other Android OEM, than stop holding back and release a iProduct with the super beefy specs everyone wants, not a unnoticeable upgrade.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 09:51 1

49. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


You guys are hilarious.. if you watch Mxyzptlk and his/her posts.. they are in general, to me anyway, obvious attempts to incite flame wars.

Don't feed the Troll.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 10:25

50. Friendlysky (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


As I said before what goes up and will come down. Times to pay up goes for $10 Billion Apple is not poor. IF apple keep they mouth shut up and share tech with everyone we'll be happy. After Apple suit Sammy Everyone will follow and alway look for it what apple mistaken or weak spot to tacktle them.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 11:03 1

51. bdenn88 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


is apple really one to talk about vague patents? some of the patents they own make me think that the patent office is drunk when the approved

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 13:52 2

53. Cyberchum (Posts: 246; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This MXY guy is an attention seeking bastard and you guys have kept on feeding him with lotsa attention. Utterly ignore this moron and he'll slide into oblivion and probably open another account with another weirdly unpronouncable name.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:47 1

54. Aeires (unregistered)


I keep saying that too, people keep falling for it. I don't even thumb him down because it's a form of attention.

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