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Apple Loses Lawsuit Over Nokia and Sony Patents

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A patent holding company jointly owned by Nokia, Sony and MPEG LA has won a patent lawsuit against Apple for infringing three of its patents.

The jury in the United States District Court in Delaware reached a unanimous verdict finding that three patents owned by MobileMedia Ideas are valid and infringed by Apple's iPhones.

The three patents are Nokia's US 6,427,078 covering camera phones, and US 6,253,075 covering call rejection -- and Sony's US 6,070,068 covering call handling

The trial has so far only considered whether the patents were infringed - the decision about compensation is still to be argued.

MobileMedia Ideas has a portfolio of more than 300 patents that cover a wide array of features such as call handling, speed dial, database searches, audio download and playback, and still picture and video processing.

MobileMedia Idea presently has cases pending against RIM in the US District court for the Northern District of Texas and against HTC in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

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