Trial Starts in Alcatel-Lucent Patent Case v. Apple, LG

Apple Inc. and LG Electronics Inc. are set to face trial over claims by an Alcatel-Lucent SA unit that they infringed patents for electronic devices including phones and computers. The jury trial, scheduled to begin in federal court in San Diego, stems from a 2010 lawsuit by the Paris-based company’s Multimedia Patent Trust accusing Apple and LG Electronics of copying video-compression technology that allows data to be sent more efficiently over communications media, including the Internet and satellites, or stored on DVDs and Blu-Ray disks.