A federal jury in Delaware handed down a $3 million verdict against Apple Inc. on Wednesday, finding the technology giant infringed on a ring-silencing patent with technology it incorporated into earlier versions of the iPhone.
Remember Morse code? Perhaps mention of the name conjures up movie images of telegraph operators communicating over long distances, by tapping out "dashes" and "dots" that correspond to letters of the alphabet. What many people do not realize is that Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse code, fought a protracted battle to protect his patent rights. One of his patent claims stands out: the use of electromagnetism to print "intelligible characters, signs or letters."