patents

ITC rules Apple did not violate HTC’s patents

The USA’s International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Apple did not violate rival vendor HTC’s patents for technology used in its mobile devices. HTC had filed the complaint with the ITC last year seeking a ban on the import of Apple devices into the USA as part of an ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Android device manufacturers.

Samsung seeks to block iPhone 5 in S.Korea

Samsung is seeking to block the sale of Apple’s iPhone 5 in South Korea, when it launches. The company recently lost the rights to sell its Galaxy S Tab in Germany, after Apple won an injunction to block the sale of the product, alleging that the device infringes patents held by Apple.

Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab in Europe

Apple has scored a victory in the patent wars this week, convincing a German court to grant a pan-European injunction against Samsung, preventing sales of its flagship Galaxy Tab 10.1 across Europe with the exclusion of the Netherlands.

HTC buys cloud firm Dashwire

Taiwanese handset developer HTC has made another acquisition to beef up its patent portfolio as technology companies around the globe prepare to fend off legal disputes. HTC is reported to have spent $18.5m on the purchase of Dashwire, a mobile cloud platform developer.

Nortel auction delayed as interest rises

Fading giant Nortel has postponed the sale of its extensive patent portfolio, due to a “significant level of interest”. The company had planned to flog the assets this coming Monday, June 20, but has delayed the auction process until June 27, as it assesses considerable interest in the 6,000 or so patents and applications.

Microsoft opposes Google bid for Nortel patents

Microsoft has joined HP, Motorola Mobility and Nokia in a growing line of tech companies opposed to Google’s proposed $900m purchase of Nortel’s patent assets. According to Redmond, a 2006 deal means that Microsoft has a “worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free licence to all of Nortel’s patents” and that this agreement is binding regardless of who buys the intellectual property.

France launches government-backed patent agency

Having recently earned its spurs proving the Streisand Effect for its banning of the use of the terms Twitter and Facebook on national television, the French government is now looking to take on the role of National Patent Troll. Last week, government ministers Valérie Pécresse, Eric Besson and commissioner general for investment Rene Nicol launched France Brevets (‘Patents France’), a €100m project that will see the state buying up locally generated patents before turning broker and sub-licensing them on a global basis.

US DoJ reportedly concerned about Nortel patent bids

As interest in defunct kit maker Nortel’s patent portfolio heightens, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) is reported to be taking a close interest in the bidders. Apple is the latest company reported to be interested in making a purchase after Google opened bidding with a $900m offer in April. Now the DoJ is said to be concerned that the patents will be used to stymie competition in the telecoms sector.

Motorola sues Apple for patent infringement

Motorola has filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers infringe 18 Motorola patents. The allegations involve wireless technologies such as WCDMA, GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

RIM bows to Motorola; patent dispute over in record time

Another patent battle has drawn to a close and rather quickly too. Motorola and Research In Motion (RIM) only got stuck into each other in January this year, making six months of legal scuffling a record by some accounts.

Apple goes after Google fan HTC

More toing and froing in the world of patent wars this week, as Apple hit Taiwanese manufacturer HTC with the legal stick for infringing on iPhone related patents.

Nokia takes Apple to court over patent claims

Big shot IP lawyers must have been rubbing their hands greedily this week when leading handset vendor Nokia filed suit against Apple for infringing on its patents for GSM, UMTS 3G and wifi.

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Advisory body the NGMN Alliance made headway on its development of an IPR management framework on Monday as it seeks to avoid the wrangling that has beset previous mobile standards.

eBay warns Skype in danger of shutdown

Internet auction house eBay made a worrying admission late last week – not only did it pay almost $1bn too much for online telephony darling Skype, it also failed to secure rights to the VoIP firm’s underlying technology.

Nortel 4G patents may not be worth that much

Embattled Canadian vendor Nortel may have held on to some of its key LTE patents when it flogged much of its mobile business to Nokia Siemens Networks last month, but there is some debate as to whether that IPR will be the nice little earner Nortel hopes.

Qualcomm, Broadcom end chip shop spat

US chip giants Qualcomm and Broadcom have finally buried the hatchet over their long standing patent dispute, granting each other rights to their respective patent portfolios.

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