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HP, Nokia and industry associations write to ITC supporting Apple and Microsoft against Google

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Google's (Motorola's) pursuit of U.S. import bans against the iPhone, the iPad and the Xbox over standard-essential patents has large parts of the information and communications technology industry concerned. Simultaneously with the Federal Trade Commission's public interest statement asking the ITC to refrain from outright exclusion orders over standard-essential patents...
HP, Nokia and industry associations write to ITC supporting Apple and Microsoft against Google
Apple in Shanghai court over Siri speech recognition patent infringement claims

ITC issues limited ban on older iPhones, iPods over Samsung patent

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Despite finding in September that Apple had not violated Samsung's patent rights and that Samsung didn't have a "domestic industry" that utilized the patents in dispute, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has nonetheless issued a limited ban on older iOS products that utilize a disputed SEP Samsung patent in...
ITC issues limited ban on older iPhones, iPods over Samsung patent

Battle looms over patent rights

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Yahoo asserts claims on patents that include technical mechanisms in Facebook's ads, privacy controls and news feedYahoo has demanded licensing fees from Facebook for the use of its technology, potentially engulfing social media in the patent battles and lawsuits raging across much of the tech sector.Yahoo has asserted claims on...
Battle looms over patent rights
Siri, find me a lawyer: Apple in Chinese court for patent infringement charges

Apple's 'microslot antennas' are invisible to the naked eye, could see use in future iPhones

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Apple on Tuesday won the patent rights to a "microslot antenna" technology that allows for the creation of components integrated into the housing of a portable device, such as the iPhone, making them nearly invisible to the human eye....
Apple's 'microslot antennas' are invisible to the naked eye, could see use in future iPhones

Court to hold hearing on July 5 to discuss if Apple's 'antisuit lawsuit' against Motorola can proceed

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In February, Apple brought an "antisuit lawsuit" -- a lawsuit aiming to preclude another party from bringing and pursuing litigation -- against Motorola with respect to patent assertions targeting the iPhone 4S, arguing that Apple, as a third-party beneficiary to a license agreement between Qualcomm and Motorola, is shielded against such...
Court to hold hearing on July 5 to discuss if Apple's 'antisuit lawsuit' against Motorola can proceed

Callet Sues Hex and Apple Over 'Slavish Copy' of iPhone Case/Wallet Design

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Callet World is suing case-maker Hex over that company's Solo Wallet iPhone case and credit card holder. Callet alleges Hex's case is a direct copy of a case design that Callet holds a design patent for. Left: Hex Solo Wallet for iPhone 5, Right: Callet for iPhone 4 Callet has...
Callet Sues Hex and Apple Over 'Slavish Copy' of iPhone Case/Wallet Design

Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

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According to a report from Reuters, Nokia has this week become the first company to submit an amicus brief in support of Apple’s attempt to secure injunctions on several Samsung products. While the full contents of the brief have not yet been revealed, Reuters reports Nokia argued its position in...
Nokia submits amicus brief in support of Apple's bid to block sale of Samsung products

Microsoft and TiVo call truce on patent lawsuits

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Microsoft and TiVo have agreed to withdraw patent lawsuits the companies filed against each other. Microsoft sued TiVo in January 2010, seeking monetary damages and a court order preventing TiVo from using certain patented technology in its video recording devices and services. The lawsuit was part of an effort...
Microsoft and TiVo call truce on patent lawsuits

Google's push for U.S. import ban against Apple targets only older iPhones than the 4S

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Even if the top-level decision-makers of the ITC affirmed a preliminary ruling by an Administrative Law Judge against major public interest concerns on Capitol Hill and in the industry, and granted Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility an import ban against Apple over U.S. Patent No. 6,246,697 (a patent declared essential to...
Google's push for U.S. import ban against Apple targets only older iPhones than the 4S

Apple wins patent rights to OS X 'widgets' and dashboard

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for the so-called "widgets" dashboard, which holds a number of mini applications built on web languages CSS, HTML and JavaScript, first seen in OS X 10.4 Tiger in 2005....
Apple wins patent rights to OS X 'widgets' and dashboard
Antigua pressures US with threat of a WTO-supported piracy haven

Apple violates one Motorola Wi-Fi patent, says ITC judge

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According to a report from Bloomberg, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Thomas Pender has ruled in favor (PDF) of Motorola and claimed Apple’s devices infringe on one Android-related patent owned by the company. The ruling is only a partial victory for Motorola’s attempt to receive an injunction on iPhones and...
Apple violates one Motorola Wi-Fi patent, says ITC judge

In response to Nokia's ITC complaint, HTC raises patent exhaustion and FRAND defenses

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In May, Nokia sued HTC (as well as two other companies, Viewsonic and RIM) over various patents. Yesterday I expressed serious doubt about an unspecific FRAND defense that RIM raised against a couple of lawsuits Nokia had filed in the District of Delaware. Answers to federal complaints don't have to...
In response to Nokia's ITC complaint, HTC raises patent exhaustion and FRAND defenses

Obama administration announces initiative to target patent trolls, protect consumers

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The White House announced an initiative today to curb the use of patents by patent holders as a tool for "frivolous litigation," and to protect "Main Street retailers, consumers and other end-users of productions containing patented technology." The initiative's inception is composed of legislative recommendations to Congress and a...
Obama administration announces initiative to target patent trolls, protect consumers

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

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Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. They call this proposed amendment the Innovator's Patent Agreement. I've been aware of this effort inside of Twitter for a while and I like to call this move the "Twitter Patent Hack" because...
The Twitter "Patent Hack"
EU Issues Formal Objections Against Samsung For Patent Abuse

Parsing through Apple v. Samsung infringed devices

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On Friday, Samsung violated patent rights on 26 of its devices. CNET takes a closer look at these handsets and where they stand. [Read more]...
Parsing through Apple v. Samsung infringed devices

Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

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Samsung is the subject of a new antitrust investigation, with the European Commission confirming that it is formally looking into whether the Korean company misused essential 3G/UMTS patents it holds. Tipped back in November, the investigation will look for evidence that Samsung has refused to license its wireless telecoms patents...
Samsung under EC antitrust investigation over 3G patents

Apple gets a break as EU antitrust watchdog launches full-blown probe into Samsung over essential 3G patents

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European Union regulators today announced the launch of a formal investigation of Samsung over mobile patents to determine whether the South Korean conglomerate breached EU antitrust rules in its legal dealings with competitors. The investigation is focused on so-called FRAND patents, a common rule that stipulates a patent applying to the standard...
Apple gets a break as EU antitrust watchdog launches full-blown probe into Samsung over essential 3G patents

European Union Decides to Probe Samsung in Search of Patent Abuse

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The European Commission today announced it has opened a formal investigation into Samsung's use of patents and whether the handset maker is running afoul of EU antitrust rules. Samsung's business practices are being examined "as a matter of priority," the Commission said, though it did not say when it expects...
European Union Decides to Probe Samsung in Search of Patent Abuse

Europe investigates Samsung for anti-competitive call in Apple iPhone war

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It's Samsung and not Apple who faces the wrath of EU competition regulators, who today announced a probe into the company over possible patent rights abuses in its smartphone war with the iPhone-maker. read more...
Europe investigates Samsung for anti-competitive call in Apple iPhone war

AMD hires bankers to 'explore options,' keeps APU delays mum for now

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AMD has reportedly hired a bank to help it “explore options.” This can mean different things, depending on what sort of options the company has in mind, but it’s rarely a good sign for the company in question. This development means AMD has brought in outside help to value its...
AMD hires bankers to 'explore options,' keeps APU delays mum for now

Lodsys Offers Update on In App Purchase Patent Dispute, Claims Licensing Momentum

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Nearly a year and a half ago, patent holding firm Lodsys threatened to file suit against App Store developers making use of Apple's In App Purchase mechanism, claiming that they were infringing upon a patent held by Lodsys. Apple stepped in to protect developers, ultimately filing a motion to intervene...
Lodsys Offers Update on In App Purchase Patent Dispute, Claims Licensing Momentum

Samsung faces antitrust investigation in Europe over use of mobile patents

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The European Commission announced on Tuesday that it has opened a formal investigation into Samsung’s competitive practices. The Commission will assess whether the Korean manufacturer “used certain of its standard essential patent rights to distort competition in European mobile device markets, in breach of EU antitrust rules.” Samsung has...
Samsung faces antitrust investigation in Europe over use of mobile patents

Google donates patents to protect cloud software from lawsuits

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Google has announced a “patent pledge” that it hopes will shield cloud software and big data developers from the type of litigation that has engulfed the mobile phone industry. The pledge, which is like a non-aggression pact, covers ten patents related to Google’s MapReduce technology. The pledge, which Google announced on...
Google donates patents to protect cloud software from lawsuits
TiVo and Microsoft end patent dispute and ITC complaint following an undisclosed agreement

Report: Apple wins US International Trade Commission patent ruling against Samsung

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Apple has won another ruling brought by Samsung, according to a U.S. International Trade Commission notice, in regards to patented technology found in iOS devices. Bloomberg reported: Apple Inc. (AAPL) won a round of a U.S. International Trade Commission case brought by Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) over patented technology in the iPhone...
Report: Apple wins US International Trade Commission patent ruling against Samsung

Apple sued by patent holding company Brandywine over voicemail

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Apple is being sued by Brandywine Communications Technologies over multimedia voicemail in its iPhone and iPad products. In the complaint filed in the U.S. district court for the middle district of Florida Tuesday, Brandywine claims that Apple is infringing on two patents it owns related to mobile voicemail. The patents...
Apple sued by patent holding company Brandywine over voicemail
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