Apple Found Not Guilty Of Infringing On Alcatel-Lucent Video Patents
Alcatel-Lucent was hoping to come out on top in a patent case against Apple and LG Electronics, but a U.S. Federal Court Jury in San Diego ruled that Apple and LG Electronics do not infringe on the company’s patents that covers video compression technology, and that allows data to be sent more efficiently over communications media like Internet and satellites, or stored on DVDs and Blu-ray disks. Alcatel-Lucent was hoping to get $172.3 million in damages from Apple and $9.1 million from LG Electronics.
The company claimed that the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook models infringe on three of its patents and that LG’s Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX610, Mystique UN610 and Samba LG8575 infringe on two patents.
According to Bloomberg, both Apple and LG argued that they had already paid appropriate licensing fees through an industry-wide “pay-as-you-go” pool.
Apple’s attorney, Juanita Brooks, said: “We are very pleased with the verdict.” Alcatel-Lucent’s attorney, Frederick Lorig, and LG Electronics’ attorney, Michael McKeon, declined to comment on the ruling.