A U.S. jury on Thursday found that Apple's iPhone infringed three
patents owned by holding company MobileMedia Ideas, though damages have
not yet been determined.
The verdict was delivered after a week-long
trial in Delaware federal court, said Larry Horn, chief executive of
MobileMedia. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
patents, which cover features like camera phone technology, were
acquired from Nokia and Sony Corp in 2010, Horn said. Those two
companies hold a minority interest in MobileMedia, he said.
Representatives for Nokia and Sony could not immediately be reached for comment.
trial only concerned liability, and a damages proceeding has not yet
been scheduled, Horn said. MobileMedia also has litigation pending
against HTC Corp and Research in Motion Ltd.
"Our goal is really to license these patents broadly to the market," Horn said.
court filings, Apple has asked a judge to rule that MobileMedia's
patents are invalid as a matter of law, and that there is no "legally
sufficient" basis to find MobileMedia has proven infringement.
The case in U.S. District Court, District of Delaware is MobileMedia Ideas LLC vs. Apple Inc, 10-258.
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