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Judge shoots down company’s claim that it invented the smartphone


A federal jury says didn’t infringe the patent of a 70-year-old electrical engineer who claims he came up with the idea for the smartphone, reports “Bloomberg” (

The jury in Los Angeles has rejected the claim by NetAirus Technologies, the company owned by inventor Richard L. Ditzik, that the iPhone infringes its patent for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communication functions over both a Wi-Fi and cellular telephone network.

NetAirus Technologies purportedly filed the patent application in 1997 for a handheld device that combines computer and wireless-communications functions over both a local-area network and a wide-area network.  Apple said in court filings that its Newton message pad, with add-on hardware, could perform the same functions as those claimed by NetAirus’s patent as early as 1994.

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