Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.
Bloomberg reports this morning that Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies $23.6 million after the jury found that Apple's iDevices used the technology without permission.
Mobile Telecommunications was a pioneer in wireless messaging in the 1990s, when its SkyTel 2-Way paging system was the smartphone of its day. Now the company is the licensing arm of closely held United Wireless, which co-owns and operates the legacy SkyTel network for use by first responders and doctors.
MTel lawyer Deron Dacus of the Dacus Firm in Tyler, Texas, told the jury in closing arguments that "Apple is refusing to acknowledge the contributions of others. This case is about fairness." For more on this decision, review Bloomberg's report. To review the specific patents found in this case, review our original report covering this case.
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