Apple found guilty of infringing 3 patent troll MobileMedia’s ‘inventions’

By , Dec 13, 2012

This just in: Bloomberg tweets that a U.S. court has found Apple’s iPhone to infringe three patents owned by MobileMedia Ideas, owned jointly by Nokia, Sony and Denver-based patent licensing firm MPEG LA. Basically your typical patent troll, MobileMedia commands a treasure trove of 300 patents. Most of their filings were originally granted to Sony and Nokia so the two don’t have to get their hands dirty in direct litigation.

Now, Mobilemedia last month sued Apple over the iPhone call rejection and screen rotation features. It originally filed a complaint in Delaware in 2010 based on 14 patents in total, taking its case to trial after the number of patents was whittled to three: one for the camera phone and others for call handling and call rejection.

The screen rotation invention was originally granted to Sony in 1999, but Apple pointed to prior art such as patent No. 6,563,535 which covers displaying images right-side-up “regardless of the orientation of the image or the physical orientation” of the device…

Bloomberg first reported about this development on their Twitter channel.

The full Bloomberg story offers more in way of detail:

Jurors in Wilmington, Delaware, deliberated about four hours after a weeklong trial before also concluding today that the three patents are not invalid.

The patent troll’s filing claims it would suffer “irreparable injury” if Apple was allowed to use its patents in the iPhone without paying royalties.

Needless to say, MobileMedia CEO Larry Horn is “very pleased” with the outcome and he thinks “it’s justified”.

A trial on damages, which Horn said could be “substantial”, is yet to be scheduled.

From Mobilemedia web site’s About section:

MobileMedia Ideas is the patent portfolio licensor of inventions adopted by manufacturers of smart phones, mobile phones and other portable devices including personal computers, laptops, netbooks, personal media players, e-book readers, cameras and hand-held game consoles.

We own more than 300 patents worldwide that are important to those mobile device companies incorporating in their products innovations such as call handling, speed dial functions, database searches, audio download and playback, and still picture and video processing.

MobileMedia Ideas offers access, clarity and convenience enabling licensees to build predictability into their business models.

It’s entirely conceivable that Sony and Nokia hid behind a proxy in order to avoid getting countersued over a bunch of Apple’s inventions.

At any rate, this could be a major legal setback for the Cupertino firm so you can count on iDV watching how this story unfolds.

The development comes hot on the heels of last week’s news that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office preliminary invalidated Apple’s patent related to the iPhone’s touch screen heuristics, having previously invalidated the famous rubber-band scrolling invention.

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  • DJ Garcia

    Can all the big industry’s just stop suing each other? Seriously it’s stupid because we all know that iPhone iPod and iPads beat everything just because android is open source it doesn’t mean android has won the war on smartphones because that spot is reserved for the iPhone family. Nuff’ said.

    • http://www.facebook.com/I3LACKH3ART Seth Lacombe

      You are Fucking retarded. Nuff said

      • Guest

        GTFOH iSheep Nuff said.

      • Dan

        wtf dude, read your comment, you’re the iSheep

      • Guest

        I iSheep lol

      • Dan

        must be why I have a GS3
        O.o

      • Guest

        LOLOLOL

      • http://www.facebook.com/I3LACKH3ART Seth Lacombe

        Umm yeah… you are the isheep. read your own ignorant post. don’t you know that iPhones are NOT the most technologically advanced phones? you should do your homework before speaking, bitch

      • DJ Garcia

        Sir I do not sag my pants so no I am not a bitch. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

        Hear, hear!

      • http://www.facebook.com/PwnHkr Dylan Lane C. Knox

        i sag my pants, but i aint no bitch. your one-sided like a republican and just like the right-wingers, refuse to read the facts and numbers as well as what’s happening in the real world.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

        Douche, stfu. What is the most technologically advanced phone then? Not the one who started this shit of course, no way!

      • hohopig

        Living on past glory? By your logic, IBM (the one who produced the first mass produced computer) should still be the king of the hill when it comes to PC :P.
        Btw when iPhone came out, it is leading in the touch screen but not in ALL areas, so to say that it is most technologically advanced is still a bit of a stretch, although not by far.

        But now, it is not so clear, but it is a fact that iPhone has been losing its shine in both aesthetics (look at 4, 4S, 5 …) and functionality (losing out in terms of raw processing and computing power to some other top phone of the same timespan while pacing or exceeding in some area) — definitely cannot be said the be the most technologically advanced phone in the world, not even at launch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/PwnHkr Dylan Lane C. Knox

      Lol @ fanboy

      • DJ Garcia

        LOL @ *insert trollface here*

    • RarestName

      Yeah, we should confiscate their needles so they can stop sewing each other!

      • Guest

        LOL I forgot how to say SUE. yeahhhh

    • Dan

      Yeah you’re right, that way no one will be willing to invest in research and development since they will have no protection against theft of intellectual property.

      In that line of thinking I will start making copies of my purchased DVD’s and start selling them on the street!

    • hohopig

      so now the iFruity Fanboy wants everyone to stop suing each other? Well easily done. The Fruity company just need to drop their ridiculous ego driven “thermo-nuclear” war and things should start to subside. After all, these companies wants to make money, mostly, not war, at least not when it is too expensive.

      This whole debacle was started by the Fruity Company so it is up to them to stop.

      But one good thing that came out is that it focused some people’s attention on the ridiculous of affair which the USPTO has became, such that the head (aka Kappos) is feeling the heat and have to come to make a defense of how they work, which just shows how twisted their thinking has become.

  • http://twitter.com/aineelGD ✘✘Aineel Nocum

    BUUUUURN! HAHAHHAA

  • http://www.twitter.com/ANGOmarcello Angelo

    Uhh count on iDV :-P

  • Blake

    What is iDV? :O

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

      iDownloadVlog!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PwnHkr Dylan Lane C. Knox

    finally Appl’s gettin’ a taste of it’s own meds haha

    • Guest

      Yeah….. Apple medicine. AWWWWWWW YEAHHHHHH

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      And that medicine bill will be given to us I mean customers ;)

  • charlie

    hahaha

  • Jonathan Jaimes

    Well sucks for them time to raise the prices on all apple line up.

  • Tardroid

    so many fucking tardroids surfing on iDB lately.

    • DJ Garcia

      I agree fucking fandroids go back to the rock that you live under.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykelxmonroe Mykel Monroe

    Apple wipes their asses with the money they hand out.

  • skychet

    So if Apple is found guilty of infringement how is it trolling? They’re perfectly within their rights to take it to court (and actually win). But if Apple does the same thing it’s not trolling?? Oh Ziberg

    • Rob Salzer

      yeah, i don’t get why iDB publishes his VERY mediocre articles and sophomoric opinions. this guy is a total tool whose posts are tech gossips at best. he doesn’t know what he’s talking about most of the time.

      i guess they keep him around coz they can pay him the least and he has to come up with the stories; so the other, better contributors get a lighter load.