Three out of every five major patent suits involve Apple

By on July 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Three out of every five major patent suits involve Apple

Apple Patent Lawsuits

Anyone paying attention to tech industry intellectual property litigation knows that Apple is at the center of many major patent suits. But per Bloomberg, new research from intellectual property consulting firm Kanzatec IP Group shows that Apple is involved in a whopping 60% of all major wireless patent suits filed over the past two years, including disputes with Android device manufacturers HTC, Samsung and Motorola, as well as with Kodak and Elan. Kanzatec senior vice president Feisal Mosleh says that he “would speculate that Apple will continue to be at the center of the litigation map of large mobile IT companies for as long as it maintains its dominant place in the market.” More →

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Apple loses bid to ban HTC phones

By on July 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Apple loses bid to ban HTC phones

Apple HTC Emergency Ban Denied

Although Apple scored a big victory in its efforts to muck up Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales last week, it will have no such satisfaction for HTC Android devices just yet. All Things D reports that the International Trade Commission has denied Apple’s request for an emergency ban on “pretty much any HTC smartphone or tablet running on Google’s Android operating system.” This doesn’t mean that HTC is out of the woods all together, however, since the ITC has agreed to investigate whether HTC has been skirting rules around previous import bans by giving misleading statements to customs officials, claiming that the company had already altered their phones’ technology to avoid infringing on Apple’s patents. More →

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Nokia may sue Google over Nexus 7 tablet

By on July 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM.

Nokia may sue Google over Nexus 7 tablet

Nokia Google Nexus 7 Patent Infringement

Just what the tech industry needs: even more prospective patent lawsuits! The latest shocking twist in the patent soap opera comes courtesy of The Inquirer’s Carly Page, who has gotten a Nokia spokesperson to assert that Google and Asus may be infringing upon some of Nokia’s Wi-Fi patents with their new Nexus 7 tablet and also says that “neither Google nor Asus is licensed under our patent portfolio.” The good news here is that Nokia, unlike Apple, sounds much more inclined to take its pound of licensing flesh and be done with it, as the spokesperson also said that “companies who are not yet licensed under our standard essential patents should simply approach us and sign up for a license.” In other words, Google and Asus may be able to get off relatively easy if they pony up the licensing cash. More →

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Stop trolling, Broadcom CEO tells patent litigants

By on June 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM.

Stop trolling, Broadcom CEO tells patent litigants

Broadcom CEO Patent Suit Criticism

World-weary tech journalists and over-worked judges aren’t the only people sick and tired of endless patent litigation — big-name tech CEOs are getting fed up as well. Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor sat down with Mobile World Live this week and ripped both patent trolls and his fellow tech companies for being too litigious in the realm of intellectual property. “I believe it’s shameful that you can make more money suing people than on creating great products,” McGregor said. “Hopefully our governments are paying attention to that because that’s not a good outcome for any of us. Intellectual property has value, Broadcom invests in that. We do it primarily to create great products and I hope most of us can get this settled and move back to focusing on creating great products going forward as our primary objective… Probably, things have gotten a little out of hand.” Of course Apple CEO Tim Cook similarly called patent litigation a “pain in the ass,” but that hasn’t stopped his company from suing Android vendors everywhere. More →

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HTC tired of Apple kicking sand in its face, vows to bulk up patent portfolio

By on June 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM.

HTC tired of Apple kicking sand in its face, vows to bulk up patent portfolio

HTC Apple Patent Dispute

If HTC wants to be strong to the finish it will need more patent spinach. That’s why HTC chairwoman Cher Wang vowed this week that her company would file for more patents on its technology so it can stand up to Apple IP suits, reports All Things D. “Apple is a company with ‘big muscle’ and is famous worldwide,” she said. “In the United States particularly, it will be able to stop us by all means. This is our challenge. But we are not afraid of challenges because we have innovations. We will apply for patents in different fields, and we will also purchase different kinds of patents, such as those owned by S3 Graphics Co.” Previously, HTC had tried employing a failed “Wimpy Strategy” of patent suits, e.g., “I’ll gladly sue Apple Tuesday if Google lends me a patent today.” But by applying for more of its own patents, HTC is clearly looking to be more Popeye to Apple’s Bluto. More →

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Berkeley Law professors outline non-aggression pacts for tech patents

By on June 13, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Berkeley Law professors outline non-aggression pacts for tech patents

Patent Troll Solution Proposed

Like a lot of folks, Berkeley Law professors Jason Schultz and Jennifer Urban are tired of seeing excessive patent litigation in the tech industry, especially when it’s initiated by patent holding firms that produce no actual technology of their own. To remedy this, they’ve created the Defensive Patent License project in which companies would allow one another to use their patents freely under the condition that they don’t sue one another. More →

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Posner smacks down Apple, Motorola and the U.S. patent system

By on June 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM.

Posner smacks down Apple, Motorola and the U.S. patent system

Apple Motorola Patent Case Judge

Judge Richard Posner, one of the most distinguished legal minds in the United States, sounds absolutely fed up with Apple and Motorola Mobility for wasting his time with their patent suits. In fact, Posner was apparently so perturbed with the arguments from both companies that he said their cases should be dismissed with prejudice, meaning they cannot be brought before a court again. Per GigaOm, Posner also tore into Apple and Motorola’s reasoning and was particularly incensed by Apple’s argument that unlocking a device with a finger tap infringed upon patented swipe-to-unlock technology because “a tap is a zero length swipe.” “That’s silly,” Posner replied. “It’s like saying that a point is a zero-length line.” Posner also recently posted a rant on his personal blog about the general failures of modern American institutions, including a patent system that he described as “dysfunctional.” More →

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How Samsung could get its revenge against Apple

By on June 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

How Samsung could get its revenge against Apple

Samsung Apple LTE Patent Suit Analysis

The word on the street is that Apple could file for a temporary restraining order against the Samsung Galaxy S III on Friday. Naturally, Samsung probably wouldn’t be too happy with that, which has led FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller to speculate that Samsung will try to enact revenge by filing similar complaints against Apple whenever it comes out with its newest iPhone. But if Samsung is really hell-bent on going after Apple, why is it waiting around for the iPhone 5 to come out? One answer may lie in the strength of Samsung’s patent portfolio. More →

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Apple wants all new HTC Android phones barred from U.S.

By on June 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM.

Apple wants all new HTC Android phones barred from U.S.

Apple-HTC Patent Lawsuit

The latest shocking twist in the Android Patent soap opera (“As the Droid Turns?” “The Young and the Wireless?”) is definitely going to ruffle some feathers: Apple wants all of HTC’s new Android phones banned from being sold in the United States. Per AppleInsider, it seems that Apple has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission claiming that 29 new HTC phones are infringing upon U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647, which describes a “system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data.” AppleInsider says that the patent is specifically for a system that automatically detects and identifies certain data on a device such as phone numbers, e-mail addresses and hyperlinks. If the ITC grants Apple the emergency proceeding and enforcement action it has requested, it could mean another round of HTC devices being held up at customs. More →

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Apple looks to spoil Samsung's Galaxy S III party

By on June 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM.

Apple looks to spoil Samsung's Galaxy S III party

Samsung Galaxy S III Patent Lawsuit Apple

Android fans waiting to get their hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III could be in for a rude awakening later this month. That’s because, as FOSS Patents’s Florian Mueller writes, Apple has added the Galaxy S III to its preliminary injunction against devices that allegedly infringe two of its patents. The first one (U.S. Patent 8,086,604) deals with the type of universal search technology used by Siri, while the second one (U.S. Patent 5,946,647) deals with a system that automatically detects and identifies certain data on a device such as phone numbers, email addresses and hyperlinks. It should be noted that the latter patent is the same one that Apple is using in its effort to get the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban all of HTC’s newest Android devices. Wasn’t it just last month when Apple CEO Tim Cook complained that patent suits were a big “pain in the ass?” More →

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Android patent litigation roundup, featuring Google IP lawyers and the Samsung Galaxy Tab

By on June 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

Android patent litigation roundup, featuring Google IP lawyers and the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Apple-Android Patent Suit Roundup

It’s another day in the tech world, which means that there are lots of stories swirling around Android devices allegedly infringing upon patents. Hit the jump for a quick roundup of this week’s Android patent litigation stories so far… More →

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Oh the indignity: RIM sued over mobile pager tech

By on June 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM.

Oh the indignity: RIM sued over mobile pager tech

RIM Patent Lawsuit

Can a patent suit be tossed out because it’s wantonly cruel? That’s a question a judge will soon have to deal with because Research In Motion has just been slapped with a lawsuit that alleges the company has been infringing upon cutting-edge technology patents related to… two-way pagers. The suit, which is being filed by a company called Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC (MTEL) based in Lewisville, Texas, is taking RIM to task for allegedly infringing patents that were formerly owned by SkyTel Communications. More →

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RIM reportedly considers patent trolling to boost business

By on May 1, 2012 at 12:55 PM.

RIM reportedly considers patent trolling to boost business

RIM considers patent trolling

As Research In Motion continues to explore any and all options that might help carry it through the next two quarters until it finally launches its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone and beyond, one option reportedly on the table is patent trolling. RIM recently hired law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP to explore a number of possible paths it might take in the near term and the long term as its struggles continue, and according to Techdirt, one of those options is to take a more aggressive stance with its patents. As the patent wars heat up in the mobile space, Microsoft seems to be the only major player pulling in substantial revenue from its recent publicized dealings involving aggressive patent plays. Even Apple, despite its numerous efforts, has yet to score any big wins of note. Whether or not RIM can manage to successfully weaponize its patent portfolio — if it is in fact exploring that option — remains to be seen, but the pressure is on as BlackBerry World 2012 kicks off with no new product announcements to be found following a brief preview of its next-generation smartphone platform. More →

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