US jury finds the iPhone infringes on three patents from MobileMedia

By on December 13, 2012, 3:30 PM

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 ago citing 14 different patent violations including ones related to rejecting calls, screen rotation and transmitting GPS coordinates with regards to directions in a map app.

After all of the evidence was combed over, jurors found that Apple infringed on three MobileMedia patents. Lawyers for Apple tried to get the case thrown out but ultimately proved unsuccessful.

MobileMedia CEO Larry Horn said his company was very pleased with the jury’s decision and felt the ruling was justified. It’s unclear yet how much Apple will have to pay for the violations but that information will likely be decided at a later date.

As The Verge highlights, the three patents in question date back to the 1990s. The first, US 6,070,068, covers displaying call options on a screen and controlling call options for multiple calls. The next patent, US 6,253,075, covers a method of determining if an incoming call should be rejected and how to go about breaking off the communication. This also covers notifying the recipient of an incoming call and giving them the option to reject it.

The final patent, US 6,427,078, deals with a mobile phone with a camera, display, processor, user inputs and optics for obtaining image information (a camera?) as well as the ability to transmit images to another location using RF.

As you can see, all of the patents are extremely vague but unfortunately, that’s the nature of patents these days. Apple declined to comment on the story as of writing.

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Guest said:

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.

Guest said:

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.

Guest said:

@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.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

The patent industry is obviously being abused.

They need to re-work the laws.

fimbles fimbles said:

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!

Guest said:

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!

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

How do you like them Apples!

davislane1 davislane1 said:

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!

"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.)

Guest said:

Samsung sucks

1 person liked this | bielius bielius said:

Guest above me won the internet...

Tygerstrike said:

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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