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Apple ready to license its nano-SIM design for free, on one not-so-nano condition

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If you hadn't heard, there are two rival nano-SIM designs going around, but only room for one of them to become an industry standard. Nokia, Motorola and RIM sit together in one corner, and we've already covered why they think their design is superior. On the other side of the...
Apple ready to license its nano-SIM design for free, on one not-so-nano condition

Apple pressuring regulators to set FRAND licensing rules

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In what perhaps some could label a move out of desperation, Apple issued a letter to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute asking the body to establish consistent royalty fees for patents deemed essential to wireless standards, reports the Wall Street Journal. The body has a role in setting the standards...
Apple pressuring regulators to set FRAND licensing rules

Google to continue Motorola's FRAND licensing that seeks to monopolize H.264, UMTS

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Google's worst fears about greedy H.264 patent holders and "bogus patent" warfare involving Android are coming true, albeit at the hands of Motorola, a company it seeks to acquire. Google is now promising to continue this same behavior itself after it buys the increasingly unreasonable and (outside of patent claims)...
Google to continue Motorola's FRAND licensing that seeks to monopolize H.264, UMTS

Apple offers royalty-free license to nano-SIM patents, a proposed standard backed by most European carriers

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Last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple is at loggerheads with Motorola Mobility, RIM and Nokia over a proposed standard called "nano-SIM", a further miniaturization of the smart cards now known as "micro-SIM" cards. SIM stands for "subscriber identify module". Nano-SIM cards would be thinner and considerably smaller than...
Apple offers royalty-free license to nano-SIM patents, a proposed standard backed by most European carriers

Facebook’s New S-1: The Impact Of An ‘Unfavorable Outcome’ In The Yahoo Lawsuit ‘Could Be Material To Our Business’

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Facebook just filed a new S-1 with the SEC. We’re sifting through what’s new but one noticeable change is the inclusion of commentary about Yahoo’s patent suit against Facebook. From the filing: “From time to time, we receive notice letters from patent holders alleging that certain of our products and...
Facebook’s New S-1: The Impact Of An ‘Unfavorable Outcome’ In The Yahoo Lawsuit ‘Could Be Material To Our Business’

Apple gets serious about nano-SIMs, will offer royalty-free licenses to quell patent lawsuit concerns

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Apple’s upcoming showdown with Nokia, Motorola and RIM over proposals for the new 4FF (nano-SIM) standard have taken a new twist after it was revealed that the Cupertino-based technology giant sent a letter to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) offering royalty-free licenses for its nano-SIM standard. With other parties worried that Apple...
Apple gets serious about nano-SIMs, will offer royalty-free licenses to quell patent lawsuit concerns
Did Patent Foe Yahoo Ask The USPTO To Invalidate Zuckerberg’s News Feed Patent?

Apple Offers Royalty-Free Patent Licenses to Push Proposed Nano-SIM Standard

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Last week, we noted that Apple was still pushing to have its "nano-SIM" design adopted as the official next-generation standard to further reduce the size of the removable cards that include subscriber information and activation capabilities for mobile phones and other devices connecting to cellular networks. While the company has...
Apple Offers Royalty-Free Patent Licenses to Push Proposed Nano-SIM Standard

Facebook’s patent headaches: More to come?

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Yahoo filed a patent suit against the social media giant. Does Amazon have a case too? By Roger Parloff, senior editor FORTUNE — Last month, just weeks ahead of Facebook’s highly anticipated IPO, the “it” company of the Internet got hit with a meaty patent suit. Struggling behemoth Yahoo sued Facebook...
Facebook’s patent headaches: More to come?

If Patents Are Weapons, These Companies Are Armed To The Teeth

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Former Yahoo engineer Andy Baio is "embarrassed" by the patents filed in his name. Writing in Wired, he said "I thought I was giving them a shield, but turns out I gave them a missile with my name permanently engraved on it." That got us wondering. If patents really...
If Patents Are Weapons, These Companies Are Armed To The Teeth
Apple offers royalty-free licensing of proposed nano-SIM to competitors

European Commission to Motorola: You're Asking for It, Buddy

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Spurred to action by complaints by both Microsoft and Apple, the European Commission is mulling whether to open an investigation into Motorola Mobility’s handling of standard-essential patents. “I am considering whether we need to investigate these complaints formally to help bring more clarity into this area of competition control,” EU...
European Commission to Motorola: You're Asking for It, Buddy

DOJ closes investigation of Apple acquisition of Nortel and Novell patents on FRAND commitments

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In a statement from the United States Department of Justice clearing Google’s acquisition of Motorola, the DOJ also closed its investigations into Apple’s acquisition of certain Novell patents, and the Apple, Microsoft, and RIM acquisition of Nortel patents.  The statement claimed concerns of unfair use of the patents were curbed...
DOJ closes investigation of Apple acquisition of Nortel and Novell patents on FRAND commitments

Hacked recipes and printing food: When bytes meet bites

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The mythical Cornucopia project. Everyone may not get excited about open APIs or 3-D printing (what is wrong with y’all?) but everyone loves food. And as someone whose’s big on making food fit for the web and covering ways that will enable us to track what we eat and learn...
Hacked recipes and printing food: When bytes meet bites
Intel buys 1700 InterDigital patents as it aggressively pursues mobile

The Facebook Fight: How Yahoo! Could Win, Lose Or Draw

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When Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) filed a patent suit against Facebook this week, it became as popular as Rush Limbaugh at a Planned Parenthood gathering. But many Yahoo investors will tolerate Silicon Valley’s scorn if the patent gambit actually works. Will it? While a thousand insults are raining down on...
The Facebook Fight: How Yahoo! Could Win, Lose Or Draw

UK High Court denies a patent injunction against Nokia in light of a FRAND commitment

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In the United Kingdom, patent holders have a very low rate of success compared to the situation in Germany. In addition, UK patent litigation is expensive, and injunctions are an equitable remedy like in the United States. For these and other reasons, I couldn't find any UK case law on...
UK High Court denies a patent injunction against Nokia in light of a FRAND commitment

ITC Said To Favor Barnes & Noble In Patent Dispute With Microsoft

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For the most part, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has found the mobile industry willing to bow to its patent-licensing strategy. Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) decided to dig in and fight and it could be poised to score a point. The staff attorney for the International Trade Commission plans to...
ITC Said To Favor Barnes & Noble In Patent Dispute With Microsoft

Apple drops two 'display space' patents from litigation with Motorola in Miami

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[Unrelated Note] Before I address the latest in this Apple v. Motorola case, I'd like to ensure those of you following Oracle v. Google are aware of my update to the previous post. The judge presiding over that lawsuit wants to keep the April 16 trial date and appears to...
Apple drops two 'display space' patents from litigation with Motorola in Miami

European Commission defines FRAND abuse more broadly than German courts do

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The European Commission's clearance decision on Google's proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility (MMI) contains a variety of interesting facts and opinions. Yesterday I commented on what the document says about settlement talks between Apple and MMI in light of the Google-MMI transaction. This follow-up post looks at what indications the...
European Commission defines FRAND abuse more broadly than German courts do
FTC: standards-related patents can cause 'substantial harm' when used to ban products

Yahoo Stabs Facebook In The Back, Says Pay For Its Patents Or Get Sued

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After years of positive relations, friendly blog posts, and referral traffic, Yahoo may have just been biding its time waiting declare war on Facebook. Today it suddenly accused its former ally of infringing on 10-20 of its patents. It demands a settlement from Facebook or it says it will sue....
Yahoo Stabs Facebook In The Back, Says Pay For Its Patents Or Get Sued

ITC orders import ban against Motorola Android devices that infringe a Microsoft patent

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The United States International Trade Commission ("USITC", or just "ITC") today ordered an import ban against all Android-based Motorola Mobility devices that infringe a particular Microsoft patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,370,566 on "generating meeting requests and group scheduling from a mobile device". With today's decision, the Commission, the six-member decision-making...
ITC orders import ban against Motorola Android devices that infringe a Microsoft patent

ITC dismisses HTC's first complaint against Apple: final ruling consistent with initial determination

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After Apple brought its first ITC complaint (and an unrelated federal lawsuit) against HTC in March 2010, HTC fired back in May 2010 with an ITC complaint of its own. It was a "me, too" kind of complaint: HTC wanted to demonstrate its willingness to fight. It probably never expected...
ITC dismisses HTC's first complaint against Apple: final ruling consistent with initial determination

Motorola's patent enforcement against Apple will cost German taxpayers millions (of euros/dollars)

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At first sight, one might think that court, lawyers' and other fees (expert witnesses) and incremental business travel make patent litigation a real money-making opportunity for Germany. But the popularity of certain German courts among patent holders seeking injunctions has an increasingly visible downside.Microsoft's recent announcement of the ongoing relocation...
Motorola's patent enforcement against Apple will cost German taxpayers millions (of euros/dollars)

Intellectual Ventures Sues AT&T, Sprint And T-Mobile; While Saying That Such Lawsuits Are Evidence Of Progress

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After years of not suing anyone (but always threatening that it might, someday), Intellectual Ventures has become more and more aggressive of late in suing lots of companies. A few weeks ago it sued AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile over a bunch of patents that (of course) involved some of IV's...
Intellectual Ventures Sues AT&T, Sprint And T-Mobile; While Saying That Such Lawsuits Are Evidence Of Progress

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

If Google Is Serious About Reforming Patent Mess, It Should Make A Bold Statement And Stop Using Motorola Patents To Demand Cash

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We've discussed in the past the fact that Google has never used patents offensively. That is, while it has many patents, it has never (that anyone can point to) used them to threaten another company to force them to pay up. Instead, it has only used them defensively. Over the...
If Google Is Serious About Reforming Patent Mess, It Should Make A Bold Statement And Stop Using Motorola Patents To Demand Cash

EU antitrust chief stresses responsibility of regulators, courts and industry for FRAND

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European Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia, the EU commissioner in charge of competition policy and enforcement, delivered a speech today at the International Bar Association's antitrust conference in Madrid. The vice president's speech is entitled "Higher Duty for Competition Enforcers". The full text of the manuscript is available on the...
EU antitrust chief stresses responsibility of regulators, courts and industry for FRAND
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