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Intel adds to Qualcomm legal woes

We’re not too sure when, but at some point in the near future Qualcomm execs are going to start waking up in the middle of the night sweating over the fear of another lawsuit appearing in the morning.

Qualcomm quarterlies take a fruity hit

Legal aggro with Apple and BlackBerry contributed to a revenue decline of 11% and a profit plunge of 40% in Qualcomm’s latest quarterlies.

Nokia says ‘Xiaomi the money’

Nokia’s Chinese whispers continue with the announcement of a business collaboration agreement with Xiaomi, which includes some smartphone patent cross-licensing.

Apple and Qualcomm declare war on each other

Two of the world’s biggest mobile tech companies have directed their respective legal armies at each other over the amount Apple has to pay Qualcomm for its cellular patents.

Nokia patent trolls Apple

The residue of Nokia’s once-dominant handset division continues to show there’s life in the old dog yet.

Dell and Microsoft sign patent agreements

Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.

Gaze tracking system to generate revenue for Google Glass

Web giant Google is looking to monetise its wearable computing project Google Glass by measuring how long users gaze at advertisements in their glasses for. The firm has been granted a patent for its Gaze Tracking System.

Nokia in patent dispute with RIM

Embattled handset manufacturers Nokia and RIM are now locked in a dispute with each other over patents in the US, Canada and UK. The two firms are fighting over intellectual property they have licensed to each other since 2003, which enables phones to connect to wifi networks.

Ericsson files legal action against Samsung

As if facing legal action over patents from fellow handset manufacturers, such as Apple, was not enough, Korean firm Samsung is now facing action from the infrastructure market after Ericsson filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company. The Swedish vendor claims that Samsung refused to sign a license agreement on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, despite two years of negotiations.

RIM ordered to pay $147m in patent infringement case

Struggling Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has been ordered to pay $147.2m to mobile device management (MDM) solutions provider Mformation for infringing its wireless MDM patents. The US Federal District Court of Northern California has ruled that RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which is used by corporate enterprise customers to manage and secure their BlackBerry devices, infringed upon Mformation’s design patents.

Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung to thrash out patent dispute

The CEOs of Apple and Samsung, Tim Cook and Choi Gee-sung, have agreed to hold settlement talks to try to resolve a patent lawsuit over smartphone and tablet technology, according to a court filing. Meanwhile, Twitter has announced that it will begin a policy of not using patents as a tool to impede the innovation of others.

Apple loses another patent ruling and reveals suppliers

The latest patent battle between smartphone players has seen Apple lose an interim ruling in the US, after the firm attempted to sue Motorola Mobility for infringing three of its patents. It has also publicly identified nearly all of its suppliers and invited an outside workplace conditions group to inspect them.

Google continues patent offensive with IBM purchases

The ongoing patent war between smartphone players is showing no signs of abating in 2012, as it has been revealed that Google acquired more patents from IBM at the end of last year, some of which are likely to be used to protect its Android handset ecosystem.

BT wades into patent war with Android lawsuit

UK incumbent BT has taken legal action against Google for alleged patent infringement. The two firms have commenced legal proceedings in the US District Court of Delaware.

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