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  • Apple Ordered to Pay $23.6M in Damages for Infringement of Pager Technology


    A jury recently found Apple in infringement of pager technology developed for the SkyTel network in theí90s. As a result, the Cupertino California company has been ordered to pay out $23.6 million in damages. This suit in particular targeted iOS devices capable of handling iMessages, creating calendar invites and entering emoji characters and was brought against Apple by patent holder Mobile Telecommunications Technologies.

    Bloomberg noted that the verdict found Appleís devices to infringe on five out of six asserted patents, amounting to $23.6 million in damages. MTel originally sought out $237.2 million in damages which actually equates to approximately $1 per infringing device at the time of the suitís filing but ended up winning $23.6 million in damages. For its part, Apple denied the accusations and argued many of the patents-in-suit were invalid. The jury agreed with Apple on at least one asserted property covering emoji character input, a feature argued to be covered by an MTel messaging patent.

    According to MTelís attorney, Daniel Scardino, the decision represented recognition of past technologies which he claims are the foundations of modern advances in smartphone technology. He said the following regarding the matter:

    Apple makes a great product and they deserve a lot of the credit they get. But they should also give credit to those who are due credit for advancing the state of technology that came before them. That's what this trial is all about.
    For those of you who didnít know, MTel was considered a pioneer in the pager industry in the 1990s after rolling out hardware and services for two-way paging. At the time, SkyTel network was at the cutting edge of mobile telecommunications though the paging system has since died down and typically only used among doctors and emergency services personnel.

    This isnít the first and definitely wonít be the last time Apple finds itself in the middle of legal issues.

    Source: Bloomberg, Re/code
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Ordered to Pay $23.6M in Damages for Infringement of Pager Technology started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      "though the paging system has since died down and typically only used among doctors and emergency services personnel. "

      And CIA assets working overseas trying to catch rogue agents like Jason Bourne.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Wait, does this mean that there is something that Apple didn't invent?
    1. NewD's Avatar
      NewD -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      Wait, does this mean that there is something that Apple didn't invent?
      Ha! InDEED! 😉
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      You can't build a world-changing device without stepping on a few patents. The iPhone wouldn't have been possible without breaking laws.
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      You can't build a world-changing device without stepping on a few patents. The iPhone wouldn't have been possible without breaking laws.
      Yeah because nobody has ever legally licensed patents before.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      When I read the title I kinda figured there was some sort of patent covering the rounded corners of the pagers. Lol
    1. glgbnaf's Avatar
      glgbnaf -
      Sweeeeeeet apple sued cool LMAO!!

      Just like Tim Cook gay on the news?? Who cares