US jury finds the iPhone infringes on three patents from MobileMedia

By Shawn Knight
Dec 13, 2012
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  1. A Delaware jury has ruled that the iPhone infringes on multiple patents belonging to MobileMedia, a patent holding company that owns roughly 300 technology-related patents as part of their portfolio. They first filed suit against Apple more than two years...

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  2. I've never seen such vague patents before. Does this company even produce any phones? I don't think they should be allowed to sue if they just have the patents for the sole reason of being a patent troll.

    Nice to see Apple have a taste of their own medicine though - getting outplayed by vague patents.

    The 3rd patent explained seems to make every single smart phone on the planet infringe upon it.
  3. Good, I hope it costs them a lot. Apple is always jumping at everyone's throats for infringing on bullshit patents, now it's their turn.
  4. @first guest: Vague patents? Apple sued Samsung and won with their patent for round edge rectangles. That has to be the most vague and ridiculous patent.
  5. The patent industry is obviously being abused.
    They need to re-work the laws.
    H3llion likes this.
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,226   +118

    The object of the invention is a device for personal communication, data collection and data processing, which is a small-sized, portable and hand-held work station comprising a data processing unit (2); a display (9); a user interface (10, 11); a number of peripheral device interfaces (12, 17); at least one memory unit (13); a power source, preferably a battery (3); and an application software. According to the invention the device also comprises a camera unit (14). The camera unit (14) comprises a camera (14a), preferably a semiconductor camera, and optics (14b) connected thereto, which are placed in the housing (1) of the device. Alternatively, the camera unit (14) is fitted on a PCMCIA card (15) which can be connected to the PCMCIA card slot (16) of the device. An object of the invention is also a PCMCIA card (15) provided with a camera unit (14).


    Pretty much describes every mobile phone on the market today. Nice how they chose to sue apple though. Seems to me like a lot of companys want to get rid of the 25 foot playground bully apple has become lately.

    Good luck to you all!
  7. Patent Law is just another way for lawyers to make money off the backs of greedy businesses. It's not grounded in common sense whatsoever.

    I patented "thoughts" in 1943. You ALL owe me big time!
  8. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 670   +38

    How do you like them Apples!
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,157   +425

    "Big time" haha, that's funny! What are you on the weekends, a comedian? You must be a hit. My family owns the patent to symbolic illustration. You might know this better as "writing", and the lawsuit I'm filing is so big it can only be expressed in scientific notation. The income taxes alone will single-handedly end poverty across the galaxy. So go ahead and bill me for thinking - you'll need the money after I clean you out for using letters during the filing process.

    (This has been an accurate demonstration of the U.S. patent system. Please take notes and remember to pay royalties at the door.)
  10. Samsung sucks
  11. bielius

    bielius TechSpot Booster Posts: 227   +14

    Guest above me won the internet...
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  12. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I am personally happy to see Apple getting thier just desserts. Apple has been sueing everyone, mainly due to the fact that they cant come up with another industry changing idea. That being said even Apples own sheeple followers have been noticing the lack of innovation from Apple. So Apple sues everyone to make up for all that lost revenue so thier CEOs can get those nice fat bonuses. Eventually Apple will repeat its earlier rise and fall. Those CEOs who raked in the million+ bonuses will end up poor and flipping burgers. The only true victims will be the consumer for being duped all those years.


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