Jury in Texas finds Apple guilty of infringing on six pager patents used for the Apple iPhone

Jury in Texas finds Apple guilty of infringing on six pager patents used for the Apple iPhone
A jury in Texas has found Apple guilty of infringing on six patents related to pagers. Allegedly, Apple used the technology to produce the Apple iPhone and some of its other products. The patents belong to a company called Mobile Telecommunications Technologies and date back to the 1990's, when they were used in SkyTel pagers.

Apple has been ordered by the court to pay $23.6 million to Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which is only a tenth of what the company was seeking. United Wireless now owns Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which uses the SkyTel network for Doctors and emergency first responders. As it turns out, Mobile Telecommunications Technologies is also suing Apple's rival Samsung for infringing on its patents. Jury selection has started for that trial, which will begin next month.

Ironically, this is the second infringement trial that Apple has faced related to pager related patents. Last month in a California court, Apple beat the rap as the court ruled that it did not infringe on such patents owned by GPNE. The latter was seeking $94 million, claiming that Apple infringed on its pager-related patents with the Apple iPhone 4, Apple iPhone 4s, Apple iPhone 5, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad 3 and Apple iPad mini. Apple defended itself in that case by saying that the technology covered in the patents were for pagers, which Apple did not make.

source: TechRadar

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16 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

'-' pagers... of all things it had to be pagers....

11. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

they innocently infringed the patents bcoz they didnt knew it such technology belongs to someone else... anyway, patents should be demolished after 5 years of grant

2. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

There's a good iPhone/pager joke in there somewhere.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol you're joking - right?

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Karma train...coming to roll you, Apple...

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Pagers? Samsung too? There is a good copying joke in there somewhere....

7. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Both make one of the best selling decices, infringe pager patents... What's next... Infringing Thomas Edison's light bulb pattern?

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So the actual patent itself is OK to be infringed on, as long as it isn't in the same product? If the technology is the same, what does it matter what product it's running in. Let me elaborate. Say a company holds a patent on radio technology, and they used it in portable AM/FM radios. Another company infringes on the patent in their indash car CD player. So then what you're saying is that they should be in the clear because it's a different final product? If that's the case Samsung should be in the clear because the patents they infringed on were used in their Galaxy line of phones, and the patent was for an iPhone. Whoever is dealing with patents needs to tighten things up a bit. If a technology is patented, it should be protected, regardless of the application. By that I mean it should matter if it's a pager, smartphone, printer, or toaster, if it's the same technology, it should be covered. But at the same time, they should be more specific about what is being patented, instead of a broad idea of how it works. They need to patent how exactly it works, and what it takes to make it happen. That way if someone comes up with another way to accomplish the same thing, they won't be subject to infringement charges and it also will not allow one company to have a stranglehold on a technology.

12. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

If a patent is 25 years old, and probably nowadays is technology standard, it shouldn't be protected anymore. Can You imagine e.g. Angry Birds producers paying fees to Newton family for using gravity formulas? Every inventor, should gain contributions, but after a while, when his technology becomes basic, and standard, he shouldn't be able to sue everyone who uses it...

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So, let me get this straight. You are saying that patents harm innovation? I'm just trying to make sure I understand you. I actually disagree, patents are a played out idea. You're telling me that apple would really be worse for the wear if they hadn't been able to patent a rectangle with rounded corners? No, people then, just like most now, didn't buy apple for the rounded corners, or the "bouceback" effect, or whatever. No, just like people buy "nikes" or "jordans", people are buying apple for the name, not the product itself. It's a status symbol, not unlike a "prada". (I think I spelled those right) Patents serve to disproportionately help a handful of people while harming everyone in the process. It's time to at minimum limit patents for a maximum of 2 years if still granting them at all.

16. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I don't get, why are You disagreeing with me, when most of Your post more or less agrees with me. I think patents are needed, but only for a limited time. Situation, when modern smartphone manufacturer has to pay fees for using 'pager technology' is absurd.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Sorry, I think there was a misunderstanding. I don't think there should be patents at all. The last line was specifically to say that if we must have patents, which I wholeheartedly disagree with, then they should be limited to a maximum of 2 years. Otherwise, they shouldn't exist at all. IMO. Patents harm innovation.

8. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The award wasn't high enough. Not for the amount that apple has extorted for non-essential patents.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

What goes around comes around, Apple. You deserve this and much worse.

13. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

What's with these sueing nowadays someone make a law to reduce this bs. Well I can't wait to see ms sue apple.

15. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Apple doesn't copy ideas. They are only great at stealing ideas.

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