Apple, 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.
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.
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.