Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Court Issues Judgment in Apple, Mobile Media Ideas Lawsuit

Case Filed: Mar 31, 2010

Case Closed: Oct 03, 2013

Judge: Sue L. Robinson

Court: Delaware District Court

Case Summary:
Mobile Media Ideas filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that 14 of its patents for electronics were infringed. The patents involved in the suit are:
Patent Number
Current Assignee[i]
Issue Date
Expiration Date[ii]

Mobile Media Ideas
Apr 07, 1998
Feb 06, 2016
Portable telephone apparatus having a plurality of selectable functions activated by the use of dedicated and/or soft keys
Mobile Media Ideas
Jun 22, 1999
Sep 02, 2016
Voice-controlled telecommunication terminal

Mobile Media Ideas
May 30, 2000
Mar 19, 2016
Communication terminal device and method for controlling a connecting state of a call into a desired connection state upon a predetermined operation by a user
Mobile Media Ideas
Jun 26, 2001
Dec 16, 2018
Method and apparatus for incoming call rejection

Mobile Media Ideas
Jul 30, 2002
May 19, 2014
Device for personal communications, data collection and data processing, and a circuit card

Mobile Media Ideas
Sep 03, 2002
May 08, 2018
Method for creating, modifying, and playing a custom playlist, saved as a virtual CD, to be played by a digital audio/visual actuator device

Mobile Media Ideas
Mar 25, 2008
Jul 17, 2018
Imaging apparatus with higher and lower resolution converters and a compression unit to compress decreased resolution image data
Mobile Media Ideas
Aug 08,2006
Dec 19, 2014
Communication terminal equipment and call incoming control method
Mobile Media Ideas
Dec 14 1999
Nov 25, 2016
Text input device and method

Mobile Media Ideas
May 21, 2002
May 08, 2018
Method and system for automatically recording music data files by using the hard drive of a personal computer as an intermediate storage medium
Mobile Media Ideas
Aug 27, 2002
Sep 08, 2018
Image display apparatus
Mobile Media Ideas
Apr 15, 2003
May 25, 2015
Enhanced delivery of audio data for portable playback

Mobile Media Ideas
Jul 06, 2004
Jan 20, 2019
Method and apparatus for entering data strings including Hangul (Korean) and ASCII characters
Mobile Media Ideas
Dec 25, 2007
Aug 07, 2017
Storage and reproduction apparatus
Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database. Some of the patents-in-suit were initially owned by Sony and Nokia.

Mobile Media Ideas was formed in January 2010 and holds more than 300 patents related to a wide variety of consumer electronics features. The company announced in 2010 it would license patents related to "smartphones, mobile phones, and other portable devices including personal computers, laptops, notebooks, personal media players, e-book readers, cameras, and hand-held game consoles."

As per details in the court filings, in Feb 2010, Apple was notified by letter that its smartphone products and personal media player products have infringed and continues to infringe the patents-in-suit.

In its complaint against Apple, Mobile Media alleged that Apple infringes its patented technology and cites iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPod Touch, Nano, Classic, and Shuffle as the infringing products. It also pointed out that if Apple was allowed to use its patented technology without paying the royalties, they would suffer “irreparable injury".  Wherefore, it sought the Court to declare that defendant has infringed the patents, a permanent injunction enjoining the defendant from infringing its patents, damages, costs and expenses.

In Sep 2013, the Court granted defendant's request for expenses and ordered plaintiff to pay defendant $13,682.08 in expenses on or before September 30, 2013. It also ordered parties to file a stipulated final judgment or a joint letter to the court delineating why agreement on the foregoing cannot be reached.

The parties then filed a stipulation, pursuant to which the Court signed off final judgment and ordered that Apple directly infringes claims 23, 24 of the ‘068 patent, claim 73 of the ’078 patent and does not directly infringe or induce infringement of claims of ‘231, ‘394 and ‘075. 

[i] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.
[ii] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents. 

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