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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 AppleInsider.com, 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 Wired.com 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.