Apple lost a weeklong patent infringement case brought by a patent-licensing company MobileMedia Ideas LLC, a company in which Nokia, Sony and MPEG LA own about a 10% stake.
It took the jury just four hours of deliberation to find that the
iPhone 5 was in violation of three of the patents held by MobileMedia.
The patents in question, which had been whittled down from 14
initially contested by MobileMedia, are 6070068 – "incoming/current call
processing", 6253075 – "incoming call rejection", and 6427078 – "image
capture/transfer." The patents were filed between 1994-1998, when these
technologies were first introduced, and originally belonged to Sony and
CEO Larry Horn claims that MobileMedia will suffer "irreparable
injury" if Apple continues to use the patents without paying royalties,
which he claims could be "substantial."
U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson has yet to schedule a trial date to determine what sort of damages Apple will pay.