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    Default 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 the’90s. 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 Apple’s 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 suit’s 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 MTel’s 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 didn’t 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 isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last time Apple finds itself in the middle of legal issues.

    Source: Bloomberg, Re/code

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    "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.

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    Wait, does this mean that there is something that Apple didn't invent?

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    Default Apple Ordered to Pay $23.6M in Damages for Infringement of Pager Technology
    Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
    Wait, does this mean that there is something that Apple didn't invent?
    Ha! InDEED! 😉

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    You can't build a world-changing device without stepping on a few patents. The iPhone wouldn't have been possible without breaking laws.

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    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.

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    When I read the title I kinda figured there was some sort of patent covering the rounded corners of the pagers. Lol

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    Sweeeeeeet apple sued cool LMAO!!

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

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