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PATENTS LITIGATOR Apple has been found to infringe patents held by a licensing firm owned in part by Nokia and Sony.
A jury in US District Court in Delaware found that Apple's Iphone infringes three patents held by Mobilemedia Ideas LLC, a US patent holding company that specialises in smartphone patents.
The jury found that the Apple Iphone infringes patents related to the mobile phone camera, call handling and call rejection. So far there is no word on the amount of any damages or an appeal.
"Mobilemedia Ideas is pleased that the jury confirmed Apple's Iphones use our patented technology," said Mobilemedia CEO Larry Horn.
"Mobilemedia Ideas' objective is to make these important technologies and others used in mobile phone and other portable devices widely available. We welcome Apple and others to enter into licenses for the use of these technologies."
The case is one of several that Mobilemedia is pursuing against major smartphone makers. The company said that it has filed similar lawsuits against Research in Motion (RIM) and HTC.
Apple is no stranger to patent litigation. The company has spent much of the year pursuing patent infringement lawsuits against Android handset makers, including Samsung and Motorola Mobility around the world.
Though Apple has won some rulings, the company has also been hit with countersuits from Samsung and others. µ