Apple and LG are facing telecommunications firm Alcatel-Lucent in a trial at the US District Court for the Southern District of California, US over patent infringement allegations.
Alcatel-Lucent claims that electronic devices, including phones and computers, manufactured by both the firms have infringed its patented technologies.
The jury trial stems from a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Paris-based firm’s Multimedia Patent Trust alleging Apple and LG Electronics of infringing its video-compression technology that enables efficient delivery of data over communications media.
The trust alleges that devices manufactured by both the firms including multiple versions of Apple’s iPhone, iPod, iPad and MacBook, and LG’s Chocolate Touch VX8575, Bliss UX700, Touch AX8575, Lotus Elite LX60, Mystique UN610 and Samba LG8575, have infringed its patents.
Attorney for Multimedia Patent Trust Frederick Lorig said that thr trust was not able to discuss a license with Apple.
"Apple and LG have chosen not to license these patents while 33 other companies have paid over $190 million for these licenses," Lorig said.
"The motion pictures you see on your screens are made possible by these patents.
"This technology lets you download in half the time and store twice as much content."
Alcatel-Lucent has also seek sensible royalty as per which it would have been received payments following the signing of licensing agreement before the infringements commenced.