Apple did not infringe on Nokia patents, ITC panel rules

By on March 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Apple did not infringe on Nokia patents, ITC panel rules

An International Trade Commission panel on Friday ruled on a patent infringement suit filed by Nokia against Apple in May 2010. In the suit, Nokia alleged that Apple’s iPhone infringed on multiple Nokia patents covering wireless data transmission, data encryption and other related technologies. The ITC found that Apple did not infringe on any of the five patents named by Nokia in its complaint. The suit was one several patent-related suits exchanged by Nokia and Apple in recent years in the United States and in Europe. More →

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ITC may reopen Kodak’s $1 billion patent suit against Apple, RIM

By on March 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM.

ITC may reopen Kodak’s $1 billion patent suit against Apple, RIM

The International Trade Commission is set to determine at 5:00 p.m. EDT today whether or not it will review the decision in a patent infringement suit filed against Apple and RIM by Kodak last year. A federal judge ruled in January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry smartphones did not infringe on Kodak patents, as the company alleged. Today, that case may be reopened if the ITC finds cause to do so. Kodak previously scored big against both Samsung and LG in similar patent disputes it filed in 2008. Both companies settled ahead of an ITC ruling in those cases, and Kodak made out with $550 million from Samsung and $414 million from LG. A win against Apple and RIM would likely yield similar gains according to Kodak CEO Antonio Perez. Kodak “deserves to win,” Perez proclaimed in an interview with Bloomberg. More →

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Court orders Steve Jobs to answer questions in iTunes antitrust case

By on March 22, 2011 at 11:59 AM.

Court orders Steve Jobs to answer questions in iTunes antitrust case

A federal judge has ordered Apple CEO Steve Jobs to court where he will have to answer questions pertaining to an antitrust case. Filed in 2005, the antitrust suit alleges that Apple’s iTunes service had a monopoly on the digital music downloading market. According to a Bloomberg report, the deposition of Jobs will be no longer than two hours and questions must relate only to changes Apple made to its software in 2004 that prevented RealNetworks’ music files from being played on Apple’s iPod line of devices. “The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, firsthand knowledge about the issues at the center of the dispute over RealNetworks software,” the judge wrote in the order. Steve Jobs is currently on medical leave from Apple for an undisclosed period of time. Unlike his last leave of absence in 2009, however, Jobs is still acting as CEO during his leave and is involved with major strategic decisions. More →

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Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn over Android eReader

By on March 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM.

Microsoft sues Barnes & Noble, Foxconn over Android eReader

Redmond software giant Microsoft has announced it will file suit against Barnes & Noble, Foxconn, and Inventec for patent infringement. The three, seemingly unrelated companies collaborate to manufacture the Barnes & Noble branded, Android-based eReader. “The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights,” said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel. Microsoft has setup a patent licensing program for Android vendors to mitigate instances of infringement upon the patents in question — Taiwanese company HTC subscribes to said program. “We have tried for over a year to reach licensing agreements with Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec” Gutierrez added. “Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action to defend our innovations.” The full press release is after the break. More →

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Lawsuit claims AT&T iPhone, iPad billing is ‘like a rigged gas pump’

By on February 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM.

Lawsuit claims AT&T iPhone, iPad billing is ‘like a rigged gas pump’

A complaint has been filed in a federal court in California alleging that AT&T regularly and purposely overcharges iPhone and iPad customers on capped data plans by inflating the amount of data they download to their devices. The complainant, Patrick Hendricks, says that AT&T adds “phantom traffic” to its invoices in order to overcharge users. “AT&T’s billing system for iPhone and iPad data transactions is like a rigged gas pump that charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon into your car’s tank,” the complaint alleges. Hendricks’ lawyers hired a consulting firm to investigate the matter, and it apparently determined that AT&T regularly balloons data activity by between 7% and 14% — adding that the carrier sometimes overstates data totals by as much as 300%. AT&T said it would fight the lawsuit “vigorously” in a statement to Computerworld. More →

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Kodak loses patent infringement case against Apple and RIM

By on January 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM.

Kodak loses patent infringement case against Apple and RIM

Remember how Kodak filed suit against Apple and RIM a year ago alleging patent infringement? Well, late yesterday, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled that Kodak’s case — which related to low resolution previews of videos that are displayed on-screen while recording full resolution video — is invalid. Kodak had previously won claims against LG and Samsung, after which it was able to put a licensing deal in place worth a reported $864 million. Things might not turn out that well this time around, however. RIM has filed a federal suit challenging other Kodak patents and Apple is suing Kodak for patent infringement of its patents. More →

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Huawei files lawsuit against Motorola, alleges misappropriation of trade secrets

By on January 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM.

Huawei files lawsuit against Motorola, alleges misappropriation of trade secrets

If you thought the lawsuits between OEMs were over, you’d be mistaken. Huawei Technologoies has just filed a lawsuit against Motorola claiming that the company illegally transferred Huawei’s intellectual property to another company, Nokia Siemens Networks, in the acquisition of Motorola’s wireless network business. Huawei is claiming irreperable commercial damage as Motorola has not assured Huawei that proprietary confidential information won’t be transfered or disclosed. “Since 2000, Huawei and Motorola have had a cooperative relationship in the radio access network and core network businesses, where Motorola has resold Huawei wireless network products to customers under the Motorola name,” Huawei notes in a statement. “During this period, Motorola was provided with products and confidential Huawei IP developed by Huawei’s team of more than 10,000 engineers. Since the July 2010 announcement by NSN of its purchase of Motorola’s wireless network business, Huawei has tried to ensure that Motorola does not transfer this confidential information to NSN. Motorola, however, has not responded with assurances that it will prevent disclosure of that information to NSN.” Hit the the jump for Huawei’s full statement to the press. More →

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Images of Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit surface

By on January 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM.

Images of Samsung Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Suit surface

Another week, another set of Samsung related leaks. The above, albeit small, images are purportedly two, soon-to-be-released Samsung handsets, the Ace (left) and Suit (right). The Ace may look familiar as larger, more discernible shots of the device surfaced last week. According to previous leaks, the Ace boasts Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro-SD card slot, a micro USB slot, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video recording — the Ace should ship with Android 2.2.1. The Suit, however, is a device we have yet to see in the wild. Blog Eurodroid — the source of the above images — is reporting that the device may be a region-specific offering; possibly to be called the Samsung Galaxy Mini. Judging by the way the leaks are flowing, we’ll know more about these two handsets in the near future. If the rumor-well happens to dry up… Mobile World Congress is just under one month away. More →

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Nokia files 13 new patent infringement complaints against Apple

By on December 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM.

Nokia files 13 new patent infringement complaints against Apple

The evolution of Nokia’s business over the years has been nothing short of remarkable; from rubber boots and tires to cell phones, and now to patent infringement claims. Ok, perhaps Nokia’s transition from cell phone maker to legal beagle is still in its infancy, but newly filed complaints against Apple in the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands will certainly help the company transition to its new business model. The 13 new complaints are in addition to 24 allegedly infringed patents Nokia is already suing Apple for in the U.S. — Apple might have more apps in the App Store than Nokia has in the Ovi Store, but Nokia has way more patent infringement claims. Hit the break for Nokia’s press release, and we can all look forward to revisiting this fascinating topic when Apple inevitably adds new claims onto its current complaint against Nokia. Hey, lawyers have to eat too, right? More →

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WSJ: International Trade Commision will side with Nokia in Apple patent case

By on November 4, 2010 at 12:04 AM.

WSJ: International Trade Commision will side with Nokia in Apple patent case

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that International Trade Commission (ITC) staffers, in a pre-hearing statement, noted that evidence in a pending patent-case Apple launched against Nokia will “not establish a violation.” Nokia and Apple have been exchanging legal blows since October of 2009; both companies have filed multiple complaints with the ITC in an attempt to get the competition’s importing rights banned.

“The ITC staff said on Monday that some of the Apple patents were invalid and others weren’t infringed,” writes the WSJ. “The statement said that if a judge determines Nokia violated patents, he should ban some Nokia phones from being imported into the U.S.”

The judge is expected to render a final decision in February. More →

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Reuters: Apple files suit against Nokia in U.K.

By on September 28, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Reuters: Apple files suit against Nokia in U.K.

Reuters is reporting that Apple, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against mobile giant Nokia in the United Kingdom. Nokia released a statement saying, “We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United States.” Nokia and Apple have exchanged lawsuits throughout 2010, with both companies claiming patent infringement by the other on mobile technologies. More information on this as it develops. More →

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HP files civil complaint against former CEO Hurd

By on September 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

HP files civil complaint against former CEO Hurd

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HP has filed a civil complaint against embattled CEO Mark Hurd, alleging that the former chief can not fully perform his newly assigned duties with employer Oracle without divulging HP’s trade secrets. Hurd received a severance package from HP which is estimated to be worth roughly $26 million. An excerpt from HP’s civil complaint reads as follows:

Despite being paid millions of dollars in cash, stock and stock options in exchange for Hurd’s agreements to protect HP’s trade secrets and confidential information during his employment and following his departure from his positions at HP as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President, HP is informed and believes and thereon alleges that Hurd has put HP’s most valuable trade secrets and confidential information in peril.  Hurd accepted positions with Oracle Corporation (“Oracle”), a competitor of HP, yesterday as its President and as a member of its Board of Directors.  In his new positions, Hurd will be in a situation in which he cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing HP’s trade secrets and confidential information to others.

HP released a statement saying: ““Mark Hurd agreed to and signed agreements designed to protect HP’s trade secrets and confidential information. HP intends to enforce those agreements.” More →

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Oracle files suit, goes after Google over Android's use of Java

By on August 13, 2010 at 7:16 AM.

Oracle files suit, goes after Google over Android's use of Java

CNET is reporting that software giant Oracle has filed a lawsuit against Google for the search giant’s use of Java in the Android mobile operating system. According to the suit, Google: “knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property.” Google noted that they had not yet been served with the suit and therefore could not comment. The suit also claims that “Google has been aware of Sun’s patent portfolio, including the patents at issue, since the middle of this decade.” Both companies certainly have enough money to drag this one out for a very, very long time in court. We’ll keep a close watch on the proceedings and report back when any major milestones are reached. More →

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