Apple Inc. (AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (066570) didn’t infringe an Alcatel-Lucent SA patents
Apple Inc. (AAPL) and LG Electronics Inc. (066570) didn’t infringe an Alcatel-Lucent SA (ALU) unit’s patents for electronic devices including phones and computers, a jury said.
The verdict today came after a trial that began Nov. 27 in federal court in San Diego over a 2010 lawsuit by the Paris- based company’s Multimedia Patent Trust accusing Apple and LG Electronics of copying video-compression technology that allows data to be sent more efficiently over communications media, including the Internet and satellites, or stored on DVDs and Blu-Ray disks.
The trust claimed its patents are infringed by products including multiple versions of Apple’s iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook, as well as LG Electronics’ Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX610, Mystique UN610 and Samba LG8575.
Attorneys for Apple and LG Electronics told jurors that their companies had already paid the Multimedia Patent Trust for the technology covered by the patents from an industrywide “pay-as-you-go” pool. They said the trust is trying to broaden the scope of its intellectual property to cover new electronic advances in the allegedly infringing products based on technology that supersedes the patents.
The case is Multimedia Patent Trust v. Apple, 3:10- cv-02618, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).
Alcatel-Lucent's new patent monetization strategy of suing companies allegedly infringing its patents seems to be failing. All this accomplishes is lining the pockets of some lawyers, who likely resemble Lionel Hutz.
The case is titled Multimedia v/s Apple and that Apple had already paid Multimedia for their patent. The court did not disapprove the patent's ownership, it just disapproved additiona claim by Multimedia. Of course, it's not ALU v/s Apple!