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Google's Motorola To Cut 10% Of Workforce After Laying Off 20% Last Year

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After laying off 4,000 Motorola employees last year, representing around 20 percent of the total workforce, Google just announced that it would increase job cuts by a further 10 percent — now representing 1,200 people. The WSJ intercepted an internal email laying out the motivations behind this move. “Our costs...
Google's Motorola To Cut 10% Of Workforce After Laying Off 20% Last Year

U.S. judge orders Nokia, HTC and ViewSonic to hold court-moderated patent settlement talks

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Judge Leonard P. Stark of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware just entered an order referring a handful of Nokia patent cases against HTC and ViewSonic to Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke for mediation. The order comes less than a week after the same judge set...
U.S. judge orders Nokia, HTC and ViewSonic to hold court-moderated patent settlement talks

Microsoft and Google agree to stay three U.S. patent lawsuits until FRAND issues are resolved

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Microsoft and Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility have reached an agreement on a procedural course of action: as far as their three lawsuits pending in the Western District of Washington are concerned, they are now going to focus on their dispute over the latter's FRAND licensing obligations. Until that part of...
Microsoft and Google agree to stay three U.S. patent lawsuits until FRAND issues are resolved

Judge Posner upholds largest part of Apple's touchscreen heuristics ('949) patent in Motorola case

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In its litigations against Android, Apple is still on a quest for the Holy Grail in terms of a few patents that are broad enough to be powerful (to the extent that Android device makers would have to settle) but nevertheless able to withstand challenges to their validity. So far,...
Judge Posner upholds largest part of Apple's touchscreen heuristics ('949) patent in Motorola case

Chief economists of EU Commission and FTC make proposals for FRAND dispute resolution

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Competition Policy International (CPI) has published a six-page paper entitled "Standard Setting Organizations [SSOs] Can Help Solve the Standard Essential Patents Licensing Problem" jointly authored by three professors, two of whom currently head the economics departments of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition (Kai-Uwe Kuehn, or "Kühn" in German) and...
Chief economists of EU Commission and FTC make proposals for FRAND dispute resolution
Apple vs. Samsung: Opening Statements in the (Patent) trial of the century
Viacom, Time Warner kiss and make up over iOS app streaming
Apple vs. Samsung: Opening Statements in the (Patent) trial of the century

Samsung 'persuades' ITC to review decision in Apple patent dispute

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Bloomberg reported Thursday that Samsung has “persuaded” the U.S. International Trade Commission to review a preliminary ruling that deemed over a dozen of its smartphones infringed Apple-patented features. ITC Judge Thomas Pender proposed a cease-and-desist order in October that would ban Samsung’s violating products already imported into the United States,...
Samsung 'persuades' ITC to review decision in Apple patent dispute

Microsoft-Motorola FRAND dispute is also relevant to standards-implementing startups

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Today's the first day of the Microsoft v. Motorola Mobility FRAND rate-setting trial in the Western District of Washington. Motorola Mobility is a wholly-owned Google subsidiary. Its patent litigations are micromanaged by Google's legal department.Any trial at which two companies of the Microsoft and Google kind clash is important in...
Microsoft-Motorola FRAND dispute is also relevant to standards-implementing startups

Google's promise to honor Motorola's existing FRAND obligations must be specific or won't be an improvement

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A couple of hours after I learned that Motorola Mobility views standard-essential patents as a license to (literally) kill, I saw a Bloomberg report according to which Google "plans to send a letter to standards organizations reassuring them it will license Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. patents on a fair and...
Google's promise to honor Motorola's existing FRAND obligations must be specific or won't be an improvement

Time Warner Cable and Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad Television Streaming

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Time Warner Cable and Viacom have settled their legal entanglements regarding Time Warner's streaming of Viacom video content on its iPad app, according to the New York Times. The breakthrough comes as a result of a settlement between Time Warner Cable and Viacom, which owns cable channels like Comedy Central,...
Time Warner Cable and Viacom Settle Lawsuit Over iPad Television Streaming
Motorola finally wins a patent case against Microsoft in Germany

Apple, Motorola have no interest in quickly resolving dispute, judge says

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A court in Florida said that Apple and Motorola Mobility have no interest in quickly and efficiently resolving a patent infringement lawsuit, but are instead using their litigations around the world 'a business strategy that appears to have no end.'...
Apple, Motorola have no interest in quickly resolving dispute, judge says

Apple says ITC judge lacked legal basis for ruling on Samsung's designarounds

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Approximately a year ago I said that workarounds (or designarounds) would become a big issue in the smartphone patent disputes, and this topic has indeed come up in multiple litigations this year. But there's been very little coverage of this by the media, presumably because there's more attention to binary...
Apple says ITC judge lacked legal basis for ruling on Samsung's designarounds

New Ericsson lawsuits against Samsung indirectly help Apple in fight against FRAND abuse

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Ericsson just announced that it has sued Samsung -- not for the first time in history -- over various wireless standard-essential patents (SEPs). This dispute is interesting in its own right, but the issues it raises are even more interesting in light of the SEP issues pending between Apple and...
New Ericsson lawsuits against Samsung indirectly help Apple in fight against FRAND abuse

Judge says Apple, Motorola pursuing business strategy in court

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A court in Florida said that Apple and Motorola Mobility have no interest in quickly and efficiently resolving a patent infringement lawsuit, but are instead using their litigations around the world as "a business strategy that appears to have no end."Referring to the "parties' obstreperous and cantankerous conduct," Judge...
Judge says Apple, Motorola pursuing business strategy in court

June will be key month for Apple's disputes with Motorola and Samsung in the United States

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It's been two year (and four days) since Apple brought its first lawsuit against an Android device maker (HTC in that case). Since U.S. patent litigation takes time -- a lot of time -- and companies pursuing it face a learning curve, there hasn't been a knockout punch on either...
June will be key month for Apple's disputes with Motorola and Samsung in the United States

Microsoft-Google FRAND trial concluded after six days of testimony

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On Tuesday (November 20), Judge James L. Robart of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington entered a minute order according to which the FRAND rate-setting trial between Microsoft and Google's Motorola Mobility has been completed. Yesterday was trial day 6.Motorola Mobility is a separate legal entity...
Microsoft-Google FRAND trial concluded after six days of testimony

Apple's two most important multitouch software patents face anonymous challenges at the USPTO

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This blog post by Scott Daniels, an experienced patent litigator and author of the leading blog on U.S. patent reexaminations (WHDA Reexamination Alert), lists high-profile reexamination requests filed last week, including two anonymous ex parte requests against Apple's two most important multitouch software patents: U.S. Patent No. 7,469,381 (the overscroll...
Apple's two most important multitouch software patents face anonymous challenges at the USPTO

Apple Files Ex Parte Application Seeking Documents from Motorola

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Late Monday, Apple applied to the court ex parte in a twenty-five page document for an order granting them leave to obtain targeted discovery from Motorola Mobility for use in foreign litigations....
Apple Files Ex Parte Application Seeking Documents from Motorola

Judge Posner declares Apple operating system patent invalid and is unsure about touchscreen heuristics patent

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In early February, Judge Richard Posner told Apple and Motorola that he was "not satisfied" with the "winnowing" they had done at the time, which would have left six Apple and three Motorola patents for trial. On Monday, he made his own contribution to "winnowing" by declaring an Apple patent...
Judge Posner declares Apple operating system patent invalid and is unsure about touchscreen heuristics patent
Viacom and Time Warner reach agreement on streaming app lawsuit

Via Licensing Adds China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom To Its 4G LTE Standards-Essential Patent Pool

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Via Licensing Corporation today announced that China Mobile and Deutsche Telekom joined the company’s LTE patent pool for standards-essential patents. The two telecom giants join AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE Corporation in this pool that launched last October....
Via Licensing Adds China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom To Its 4G LTE Standards-Essential Patent Pool

Apple and HTC confirm recent settlement talks, will continue discussions in the future

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In a Friday filing that entered the public record today, Apple and HTC confirm to the ITC that they have had two recent settlement meetings, one during the week of August 13, 2012 and another more recent one. They have not reached a settlement but will continue to have such...
Apple and HTC confirm recent settlement talks, will continue discussions in the future

Munich trial: Motorola's Android devices may infringe Microsoft patent on multilingual programs

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Yesterday I attended a second hearing, effectively a trial on Microsoft's assertion of EP0669021 on "multi-lingual computer programs", at the Munich&nbspI Regional Court. In mid-December, the court held a first hearing on this patent (and two other patents). I reported on the first hearing and said that this patent appeared...
Munich trial: Motorola's Android devices may infringe Microsoft patent on multilingual programs

John 'Mighty' Quinn is readying to represent Samsung against Apple at two ITC trials this spring

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The firm of Quinn Emanuel is counsel for all three major Android device makers (Samsung, Motorola, HTC) in at least some of their litigations with Apple. The lead counsel in those cases, Charles Verhoeven, has an incredible track record in patent lawsuits, which includes that he successfully defended Google against...
John 'Mighty' Quinn is readying to represent Samsung against Apple at two ITC trials this spring

Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

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Intellectual Ventures’ Nathan Myhrvold Intellectual Ventures, responding this afternoon to This American Life’s latest report on its patent dealings, denies that it uses shell companies to pursue patent lawsuits on its behalf. The statement specifically denies any ownership or control of a mysterious firm, Oasis Research, that filed suit against 18...
Intellectual Ventures responds to This American Life, insists it doesn't sue through shell companies

IT industry readying for Federal Circuit fight over Judge Posner's FRAND ruling

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Yesterday's dismissal of an Apple v. Motorola Mobility FRAND contract lawsuit in Wisconsin will be appealed, but a more important FRAND decision -- Judge Posner's ruling on the critical issue of injunctive relief, dismissing Motorola's related claims -- is already on appeal. That case is of fundamental importance to the...
IT industry readying for Federal Circuit fight over Judge Posner's FRAND ruling

Nokia asserting patent against HTC's distribution of the Google Play store client in Germany

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Nokia's enforcement of non-standard-essential patents is increasingly of concern to Google, especially when Google's closed-source, mandatory Android apps are in the crosshairs. Google has already become an intervenor in at least a handful of litigations initiated by Nokia: an ITC investigation of a Nokia complaint against HTC and at least...
Nokia asserting patent against HTC's distribution of the Google Play store client in Germany
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