Apple loses patent lawsuit involving iPhone

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(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Apple, which is knee deep in patent infringement lawsuits, lost one Thursday involving its popular iPhone technology.

MobileMedia Ideas, a company that holds more than 300 technology patents and is jointly owned by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA, convinced a federal jury in Delaware that three of its patents – one dealing with camera phone technology and two dealing with call handling – were violated by Apple. Damages were not immediately determined.

According to, Mobilemedia’s patents cover a range of components in such devices as smartphones, personal computers, laptops and tablets.

A MobileMedia spokesman told media outlets the company was pleased with the outcome although it originally accused Apple of stealing 14 of its patents in 2010, the year MobileMedia was formed. It has similar suits against HTC Corp. and Research in Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry.

As points out, Apple faces a flood of similar patent fights in the U.S. and overseas, some the Cupertino, Califl-based company has filed and others filed against the maker of the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac computers:

So far, Cupertino appears to be winning the Apple v. Samsung war, with a jury trial finding Samsung in violation of many of Apple’s patents involved in the case and owing Apple over $1 billion in damages (an amount currently in flux as post trial rulings come into effect). Apple settled with HTC, another Android hardware manufacturer it had been litigating, with a confidential licensing deal. The Cupertino company also has been involved in countless such lawsuits, including one in 2010 over wireless email delivery, its Numbers software, and GPS and voice technologies.

While Apple, which tried to get MobileMedia’s suit thrown out, has not commented on the outcome, some industry observers now expect the two company to try to negotiate licensing agreements involving the disputed patents.

7 comments Add your comment

Devil's Advocate

December 13th, 2012
4:57 pm

The world is about to start winning against Apple.


December 13th, 2012
5:13 pm

Yep this could be the beginning of a long, slow death spiral. AAPL investors should stay ready to ring the register.


December 13th, 2012
7:13 pm

Everybody is suing everybody in the mobile device industry. This is part of the reason why Google bought Motorola Mobility, as they have a deep stack of patents. Even companies like Kodak have sued Apple and RIM over digital camera patents. Patents mean a lot of $$$ to these companies that own them and patent trolling is becoming an everyday thing when it comes to cell phones and tablets.


December 14th, 2012
12:14 am

The death of Apple has been predicted since the ’90’s, and with the cash reserves Apple holds, these patent lawsuits will have little overall effect on the company. Personally, I don’t understand the hate. It’s a successful American company that makes quality products, and its innovation has literally changed the technological world.

Political Mongrel

December 14th, 2012
12:15 am

At the heart of the problem is a patent system that allows ownership of a concept by several patents, including prior art that should have never been patentable in the first place. It’s sloppy work caused by outmoded law and sloppy work by an overloaded agency. That’s how we got into this mess.


December 15th, 2012
2:22 pm

I see Apple going down the same road as Sony – They will still be around, but just not was big as they once were.


December 17th, 2012
9:40 am

Apple started this whole patent mess by filing patent suits against its competitors to put them out of business. Apple accuses other companies of stealing while claiming to be inovative. The veil has be lifted.