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Apple's iPhone found to infringe Sony, Nokia patents

A US federal jury verdict finds that the iPhone infringed three patents

A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.

The jury's verdict in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware was announced on Thursday. A copy of the jury verdict form was seen by IDG News Service.

The jury found that the iPhone directly infringed U.S. patent 6,070,068, which was issued to Sony and covers a method for controlling the connecting state of a call, U.S. patent 6,253,075, which covers call rejection, and U.S. patent 6,427,078, which covers a data processing device.

Apple had argued that all three patents were invalid, but the jury disagreed.

(More to follow.)

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com


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