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MobileMedia Ideas Files Against Apple, HTC, and RIM

Yesterday, MobileMedia Ideas LLC (MMI) filed patent infringement suits against three big tech companies, and they are doozies.  MMI filed suit against Apple, HTC, and RIM in Delaware, Eastern Texas, and Eastern Texas, respectively.  It seems pretty clear that these are pure licensing moves, simply because MobileMedia Ideas looks to be a brand-new company, and it is headed by someone who has extensive career experience in establishing income streams from technology licensing.  As well, the suits each involve a large number of patents covering a broad timeframe of innovation, suggesting that MMI seeks leverage over, rather than a competitive edge against, Apple, HTC, and RIM.

MobileMedia Ideas was registered as a Maryland corporation at the beginning of January.  On January 29th, MMI announced that it was ready to begin licensing its patent portfolio:

(CHEVY CHASE, MD, US – 29 January 2010) – MobileMedia Ideas LLC announced today that it is licensing its patent portfolio of inventions frequently adopted by manufacturers of smart phones, mobile phones and other portable devices including personal computers, laptops, netbooks, personal media players, e-book readers, cameras and hand-held game consoles….

MobileMedia Ideas is run by Lawrence A. Horn, who also appears to have been the licensing head for the MPEG LA group that licenses audio and video patents to “create the opportunity for adoption of new technologies and fuel innovation.”

The patents asserted against Apple are:

  • 5737394 Portable telephone apparatus having a plurality of selectable functions activated by the use of dedicated and/or soft keys (Anderson 1998-04-07)
  • 5915239 Voice-controlled telecommunication terminal (Haavisto 1999-06-22)
  • 6002390 Text input device and method (Masui 1999-12-14)
  • 6070068 Communication terminal device and method for controlling a connecting state of a call into a desired connection state upon a predetermined operation by a user (Sudo 2000-05-30)
  • 6253075 Method and apparatus for incoming call rejection (Beghtol 2001-06-26)
  • 6393430 Method and system for automatically recording music data files by using the hard drive of a personal computer as an intermediate storage medium (Van Ryzin 2002-05-21)
  • 6427078 Device for personal communications, data collection and data processing, and a circuit card (Wilska 2002-07-30)
  • 6441828 Image display apparatus (Oba 2002-08-27)
  • 6446080 Method for creating, modifying, and playing a custom playlist, saved as a virtual CD, to be played by a digital audio/visual actuator device (Van Ryzin 2002-09-03)
  • 6549942 Enhanced delivery of audio data for portable playback (Janky 2003-04-15)
  • 6760477 Method and apparatus for entering data strings including Hangul (Korean) and ASCII characters (Ko 2004-07-06)
  • 7313647 Storage and reproduction apparatus (Iida 2007-12-25)
  • 7349012 Imaging apparatus with higher and lower resolution converters and a compression unit to compress decreased resolution image data (Takezawa 2008-03-25)
  • RE39231 Communication terminal equipment and call incoming control method (Yasuda 2006-08-08)

The patents asserted against HTC are:

  • 5490170 Coding apparatus for digital signal Akagiri 1996-02-06)
  • 5841979 Enhanced delivery of audio data Schulhof 1998-11-24)
  • 5915239 Voice-controlled telecommunication terminal Haavisto 1999-06-22)
  • 5977887 Data storage apparatus Grimmett 1999-11-02)
  • 6043760 Language-dependent letter input by means of number keys Laakkonen 2000-03-28)
  • 6049796 Personal digital assistant with real time search capability Siitonen 2000-04-11)
  • 6070068 Communication terminal device and method for controlling a connecting state of a call into a desired connection state upon a predetermined operation by a user (Sudo 2000-05-30)
  • 6253075 Method and apparatus for incoming call rejection (Beghtol 2001-06-26)
  • 6427078 Device for personal communications, data collection and data processing, and a circuit card (Wilska 2002-07-30)
  • 6871048 Mobil communication apparatus and information providing system using the mobile communication apparatus (Takagaki 2005-03-22)
  • 7349012 Imaging apparatus with higher and lower resolution converters and a compression unit to compress decreased resolution image data (Takezawa 2008-03-25)

The patents asserted against RIM are:

  • 5479476 Mobile telephone having groups of user adjustable operating characteristics for facilitating adjustment of several operating characteristics (Finke-Anlauff 1995-12-26)
  • 5732390 Speech signal transmitting and receiving apparatus with noise sensitive volume control (Katayanagi 1998-03-24)
  • 5737394 Portable telephone apparatus having a plurality of selectable functions activated by the use of dedicated and/or soft keys (Anderson 1998-04-07)
  • 5845219 Mobile station having priority call alerting function during silent service mode (Henriksson 1998-12-01)
  • 6055439 Mobile telephone user interface (Helin 2000-04-25)
  • 6070068 Communication terminal device and method for controlling a connecting state of a call into a desired connection state upon a predetermined operation by a user (Sudo 2000-05-30)
  • 6253075 Method and apparatus for incoming call rejection (Beghtol 2001-06-26)
  • 6389301 Portable radio information terminal apparatus, display screen operating method, recording medium, and microcomputer apparatus (Furuya 2002-05-14)
  • 6427078 Device for personal communications, data collection and data processing, and a circuit card (Wilska 2002-07-30)
  • 6446080 Method for creating, modifying, and playing a custom playlist, saved as a virtual CD, to be played by a digital audio/visual actuator device (Van Ryzin 2002-09-03)
  • 7349012 Imaging apparatus with higher and lower resolution converters and a compression unit to compress decreased resolution image data (Takezawa 2008-03-25)
  • RE39231 Communication terminal equipment and call incoming control method (Yasuda 2006-08-08)
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