Sony, Nokia proxy company awarded $3 million in latest round of patent battles with Apple
- Fariha Khan
- September 22, 2016
While Apple is likely to appeal the judgment, both Apple and MobileMedia have not said anything about the decision so far.
Apple legal battle with a patent holding company has finally got reached its end. The jury ruled that Apple has violated ring-silencing patents and awarded $3 million to MobileMedia Ideas, proxy company. Having a trial in 2012 ascertaining that Apple intrude on 3 of MobileMedia's patents, the company filed suit back in 2010 over as many as 14 patents. After much waiting following the first judgment, this award is radically cut from the $18 million claim that made by MobileMedia.
This long term battle and the following eventual award focused on MobileMedia-owned patent RE39,231. The patent spans operations mandating that superfluous sounds due to incoming messages or calls be muted during certain actions by the user actions or because of some phone’s operations.
MobileMedia Ideas has over 300 patents mostly related to a various consumer electronics features. In 2010, it announced that it plans to license patents related to mobile phones, smartphones in addition to other portable devices such as laptops, e-book readers, cameras, and more.
Mobile Media is a part video codec licensing group MPEG-LA. It also has partial proprietorship stakes held by Nokia and Sony.