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Kindle accessory maker sues Amazon for extortion

December 28th, 2011

M-Edge Accessories has filed a lawsuit against Amazon with a federal court in Maryland that accuses the online retailer of bullying it into coughing up higher commissions in exchange for better placement on Amazon’s website. M-Edge Accessories isn’t just filing a suit for extortion according to The Wall Street Journal, however — the accessory maker …

Hasbro sues Asus for naming its tablet the ‘Transformer Prime’

December 22nd, 2011

Toymaker Hasbro recently filed a lawsuit against Asus for naming its new convertible Android tablet the “Transformer Prime.” According to The Verge, Hasbro has a pending trademark for “Transformers Prime,” which it used in 2010 for an animated television series. The company also owns four other trademarks related to the “Transformers” name. Hasbro said in a …

Apple’s new app-switching patent could spell trouble for Android

December 21st, 2011

Apple recently won an injunction that could prevent HTC from importing several Android phones into the United States, and now it has been granted a patent for a technology that may drastically affect how Android vendors design their devices and user interfaces. The Cupertino-based company was granted a patent titled “Portable electronic device with graphical user …

Apple takes patent attacks in a new direction

December 20th, 2011

Apple’s aggressive patent strategy has hit a few speed bumps lately. The Cupertino, California-based company won an injunction on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, but the ban was recently overturned. A German court then sided with Motorola in a retaliatory lawsuit, ordering an injunction on Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and declaring that …

British Telecom files patent infringement suit against Google

December 19th, 2011

British Telecommunications (BT) has filed a patent infringement complaint against Google with the U.S. District Court of Delaware in which it has accused Google of “willfully” infringing on six patents. BT is seeking “triple” damages and a injunction against Google, patent expert Florian Muller wrote recently on his website, FOSS Patents. “BT brings this action to recover the just compensation …

ITC to review decision in HTC vs. Apple patent spat

December 19th, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission recently said that it would review a judge’s decision from earlier this year, which cleared Apple of violating four HTC patents. An ITC judge ruled in October that Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch did not violate HTC-owned patents related to phone dialing and power management. The ITC announcement came just …

Jurors in $1 billion Microsoft antitrust suit fail to reach verdict

December 19th, 2011

Jurors in a Utah court failed to reach a verdict in an antitrust lawsuit filed against Microsoft more than six years ago. Software firm Novell filed a complaint against the Redmond-based personal computing giant in 2004, alleging that it reneged on a deal that cost Novell $1.2 billion. The Utah-based software company’s word processing software, …

Jury close to verdict in $1 billion Microsoft antitrust suit

December 16th, 2011

A jury in Utah reportedly said it is close to reaching a verdict in a case that could cost Microsoft $1 billion in damages. Software firm Novell filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in 2004 claiming the firm had initially agreed to launch Novell’s WordPerfect program with Windows 95, but then went on to release …

Samsung gives up on iPhone 4S patent suit in Germany

December 16th, 2011

Samsung has reportedly dropped a lawsuit being tried by the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany that sought to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone 4S in the region. The South Korea-based vendor had focus its complaint on a patent covering 3G communications and according to patent expert Florian Miller of FOSS Patents, Samsung has determined that …

Sprint and C Spire postpone AT&T merger lawsuits

December 13th, 2011

Sprint and C Spire Wireless have decided to postpone lawsuits levied against AT&T. The two carriers had originally filed the suits in hopes of blocking AT&T’s planned  $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom. AT&T recently pulled its merger application from the FCC however, and was granted a stay until January 18th for its lawsuit against the …