Jury Says Apple and LG Do Not Infringe Alcatel-Lucent Patents
A federal court ruled Apple and LG Electronics didn’t infringe Alcatel-Lucent SA patents for electronic devices, Bloomberg reports.
The verdict was handed down today in a federal court in San Diego, ending a two-year legal battle between Alcatel-Lucent, Apple and LG Electronics. As we previously reported, the Paris-based company’s Multimedia Trust accused them of illegally copying a video compression technology enabling a more efficient a data transfer over communications media, which includes the Internet and satellites, or stored on DVDs and Blu-Ray disks.
Alcatel sought “reasonable damages”, which means in money terms, $172.3 million from Apple for infringing three of their patents, and $9.1 million from LG Electronics for infringing two of its patents.
The products subject to the patent lawsuit were the iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBooks, and LG Electronics’ Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX610, Mystique UN610 and Samba LG8575.
However, Apple’s and LG’s position was that they had already paid the Trust for the technology covered by the patents of their claims, and said the Paris-based company is trying to broaden the scope of its intellectual property.
“We are very pleased with the verdict,” said Apple’s attorney, Juanita Brooks.