The U.S. District Court in Delaware handed down the ruling, first reported by Bloomberg via Twitter. MobileMedia, which is essentially a patent-holding company (its patents are prominently highlighted on its website), first sued Apple in March 2010, saying Apple was in violation of 20 of its patents.
The ruling found the iPhone to be infringing on three specific patents, which were originally granted to Nokia and Sony:
- No. 6,070,068: Covering the display of certain call functions (hold, mute, merge, etc.) when a new call comes in.
- No. 6,253,075: Has to do with how the user can reject incoming calls on the phone.
- No. 6,427,078: Appears to be a broader patent on a "device for personal communication" that includes a data-processing unit, a display, a user interface and a camera (among other things).
MobileMedia has ongoing patent litigation against both Research In Motion and HTC, the rep said.
The loss for Apple comes at the end of a year of high-profile patent litigation with the likes of Samsung, Motorola and many others over mobile technology. Back in August, Apple won a $1 billion victory over Samsung regarding patent infringement, the exact consequences of which are still being determined.