A jury in the US District Court for the District of Delaware [official website] found Thursday that Apple Inc. infringed on patents held by MobileMedia Ideas LLC [corporate websites]. The three patents at issue [Bloomberg report] in the case relate to the camera phone, call handling and call rejecting. The court has not scheduled when it will determine damages. MobileMedia is seeking damages for royalties owed for use of these technologies.
Apple has been involved in numerous patent cases both in the US and internationally. Earlier this month, the judge overseeing the cases between Apple and Samsung [corporate website] requested [JURIST report] a "cease fire" between the two parties [JURIST op-ed] on opening new cases against each other. In late November a court in the Netherlands banned [JURIST report] Samsung from selling certain products that it found to infringe on Apple patents. Also in November Apple was ordered [JURIST report] to pay $368 million for patent infringement against VirnetX [corporate website]. In October the US International Trade Commission (ITC) [official website] ruled that that Samsung violated the Tariff Act of 1930 [JURIST report] when it infringed four patents held by Apple. Earlier in October the Dutch Rechtbank's-Gravenhage [official website, in Dutch] court ruled that Samsung did not infringe [JURIST report] an Apple software patent for user input and date manipulation through a "multi-touch" touch screen.