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Apple Sued by Alcatel Trust Over Video-Compression Patent

Apple Inc. was sued by a trust associated with France’s Alcatel-Lucent SA over accusations it infringed a patent for video-compression technology.

“Apple’s products, including but not limited to the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the ‘new iPad’ by virtue of the manner in which they encode video, infringe one or more claims” of the patent, Multimedia Patent Trust said in a complaint filed Aug. 29 in federal court in San Diego.

The trust seeks unspecified damages and a court order stopping the alleged infringement.

Alcatel-Lucent, based in Paris, set up the patent trust on Nov. 28, 2006, two days before Alcatel’s purchase of Lucent Technologies Inc. The trust previously sued Walt Disney Co. and DirecTV, among other companies, over video-compression patents. Apple is also a defendant in a separate infringement case brought in 2010 by Multimedia Patent Trust in San Diego.

Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Multimedia Patent Trust v. Apple, 12-02135, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego.)

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