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Amazon Kindle Fire tablet already targeted by patent troll

October 11th, 2011

Welcome to the tablet game, Amazon. Just two weeks after taking the wraps off its Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon has already been hit with a lawsuit from patent licensing firm Acacia Research — a company that makes money by buying up other companies’ intellectual property and then licenses it out through a variety of subsidiaries. …

San Francisco cell phone ordinance materials are ‘alarmist and false’ CTIA says

October 7th, 2011

The CTIA recently filed a lawsuit in San Francisco, California in an effort to block the city’s “Cell Phone Right-to-Know” ordinance, which the CTIA says is misinforming consumers. The ordinance requires cell phone retailers to post information about cellular radiation next to devices, which the CTIA argues wrongly suggests there is proof phones cause brain …

Intellectual Ventures sues Motorola Mobility for patent infringement

October 6th, 2011

Intellectual Ventures has filed a lawsuit in Delaware against Motorola Mobility after failing to reach a licensing agreement with the phone maker, AllThingsD reported on Thursday. The suit names six different patents. “Intellectual Ventures has successfully signed licensing agreements with many of the top handset manufacturers in the world, and has been in discussions with …

Samsung seeks to block iPhone 4S sales with new patent complaints

October 5th, 2011

Samsung filed two separate motions for preliminary injunctions in Paris, France and Milan, Italy on Wednesday seeking to block the sale of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 4S in each respective market. The company confirmed the complaints on its corporate blog on Wednesday, just one day following the unveiling of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 4S smartphone. Samsung’s motions allege …

Apple rejects Samsung’s proposed patent settlement in Australia

October 4th, 2011

Apple denied Samsung’s proposed deal in Australia that would allow the South Korea-based company to begin selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet there. Apple believes Samsung’s products are “copycat” versions of its iPad and iPhone, and that the touchscreen technology used in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes on its patents. According to Reuters, Apple attorney …

AT&T asks judge to toss Sprint lawsuit

September 30th, 2011

AT&T has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit brought against it by Sprint, Reuters reported on Friday. Sprint filed its lawsuit on September 6th and said it was fighting “on behalf of consumers and competition.” Sprint also argued that AT&T’s planned acquisition of T-Mobile USA is “illegal.” As one might expect, AT&T does …

Steve Jobs tried to end Apple’s patent war with Samsung in 2010

September 29th, 2011

Steve Jobs made contact with Samsung in an effort to resolve a patent argument last year, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. However, Jobs did not participate in the discussions that eventually took place and deteriorated, Apple’s patent attorney Richard Lutton explained during a hearing in an Australian court. “Samsung is an important supplier with whom we …

Verizon: Apple injunction against Samsung will ‘harm U.S. consumers’

September 27th, 2011

Verizon Wireless has decided to back Samsung in its ongoing legal battles with Apple, Reuters reported on Monday. “The requested injunction of certain Samsung products will harm Verizon Wireless and U.S. consumers,” Verizon Wireless argued. “It also has the possibility of slowing the deployment of next-generation networks — such as Verizon Wireless’s — contrary to …

Verizon goes to bat for AT&T, defends T-Mobile merger

September 22nd, 2011

Verizon Communications chief executive Lowell McAdam has gone on record in suggesting that the company’s biggest rival, AT&T, should be allowed to complete its proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “That match had to occur,” McAdam said at an investor conference on Wednesday, warning that the government has no choice but to allow such mergers unless …

‘Patent trolls’ cost tech companies $500 billion, kill innovation

September 21st, 2011

According to The Private and Social Costs of Patent Trolls, a new study published by the Boston University School of Law, patent trolls are responsible for $500 billion of “lost wealth” between 1990 and 2010, and for a decline in innovation. The study defines patents trolls as “firms that license patents without producing goods,” otherwise …