Apple To Face Trial Over Alleged Infringement Of Alcatel-Lucent’s Video Compression Patents

alcatel lucentApple, along with LG Electronics, will be facing an Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary in a San Diego federal court over alleged infringement of video compression related patents. Multimedia Patent Trust, the Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary, claims that Apple’s iOS devices and MacBooks use the video compression technique described in the patent without paying required royalties.

From Bloomberg:

The jury trial, scheduled to begin today in federal court in San Diego, stems from a 2010 lawsuit by the Paris-based company’s Multimedia Patent Trust accusing Apple and LG Electronics of copying video-compression technology that allows data to be sent more efficiently over communications media, including the Internet and satellites, or stored on DVDs and Blu-Ray disks.

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The Alcatel-Lucent patent trust said in court filings that it seeks a “reasonable royalty” based on what it would have been paid if a licensing agreement had been reached before the infringements began.

Apple and LG, in their defense, say that the video compression technology described in the patents are only a small part of a much larger product. Alcatel-Lucent accuses Apple of infringing three of its patents, while LG Electronics is accused of infringing two of them.

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