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

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

53. Cyberchum

Posts: 1150; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

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.

51. bdenn88

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 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

50. Friendlysky

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 04, 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.

49. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

41. CheapSocks

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 07, 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.

40. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Such incredibly yellowish teeth lol

38. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 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...

36. rrpcfc24

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

Awesome !!! take that u rotten fruit

33. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

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

48. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

31. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

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

29. Saintmarino

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 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 :)

37. rrpcfc24

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

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

43. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

15. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

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

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And lose again.

25. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

apple will appeal to a one dollar virdict

39. ReddD

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

14. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Thats the other thing why i hate apple

12. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Please apply cold water to burn area.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

22. blingblingthing

Posts: 988; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

42. jopancy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 25, 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.

5. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

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

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sounds like a pretty unfair ruling.

9. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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...

10. mick25

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

completely fair you mor0n.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

2. freebee269

Posts: 543; Member since: Aug 10, 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

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