Apple Skirts This Patent Charge

A jury has cleared Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and LG Electronics of patent-violation charges leveled by Alcatel-Lucent SA (NYSE:ALU). Among the infringing products named in the suit were the iPhone, the iPod, the iPad and MacBook, as well as LG’s Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX610, Mystique UN610, and Samba LG8575, Bloomberg said.

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What was the Case About?

Alcatel-Lucent’s Multimedia Patent Trust accused Apple and LG Electronics, through a lawsuit first filed in 2010, of copying video-compression technology that allows for efficient transfer of data over the Internet or satellites or for storing on DVDs and Blu-Ray disks. The trial began on November 27 in federal court in San Diego, California.

Alcatel-Lucent demanded $172.3 million in royalty damages from Apple for the alleged violation of three patents and $9.1 million from LG Electronics for two patents. However, Apple and LG told jurors that the patents had already been paid for from an industry-wide “pay-as-you-go” pool and that the trust was trying to cover new advances in products based on technology that supersedes the patents.

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