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Apple and LG face Alcatel-Lucent in court over patent infringement claims

Samsung happy to be left out
Tue Nov 27 2012, 14:51

APPLE AND LG ELECTRONICS will go to trial over alleged infringement of Alcatel-Lucent's video compression patents.

As Alcatel-Lucent struggles to keep its head above water, the firm has been involved in bitter disputes with Apple and LG over alleged patent infringement. The firm claims that Apple's Iphone, Ipod, Ipad and certain Macintosh computers along with a number of LG smartphones infringe its video compression patents, and the three firms are set to appear in court today.

Alcatel-Lucent said it seeks a "reasonable royalty" for the patents that it claims are infringed by the aforementioned Apple devices along with LG's Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX610, Mystique UN610 and Samba LG8575 handsets. The firm claims that Apple's devices infringe three of its patents and that LG's devices infringe two patents.

While Alcatel-Lucent didn't specify the amount of damages it is seeking from Apple and LG, one of its financial experts came up with a figure of $195.9m from Apple and $9.1m from LG. US District Judge Marilyn Huff ruled that the assumptions made in coming up with that figure were incorrect and that the figure should be adjusted.

Both Apple and LG have denied Alcatel-Lucent's patent infringement claims.

Earlier this week Alcatel-Lucent went to Goldman Sachs asking for loan to service future debt payments. The firm said it expects to make money from its vast patent portfolio. The firm hasn't said whether it would sell its patents or license them, but if it can extract money from Apple and LG then it might want to keep hold of them and start sending out more stiff letters demanding money. µ


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