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French search company 1PlusV sues Google for $421 million

June 28th, 2011

1PlusV, a French search company, has filed a lawsuit against Google asking for 295 million euros ($421 million). “Between 2007 and 2010, no less than 30 vertical search engines created by 1plusV were black-listed, some of which showed significant business potential,” the company said in its lawsuit. According to Reuters, 1PlusV plans to file the …

Judge denies Samsung access to unreleased iPad, iPhone

June 22nd, 2011

According to FOSS Patents, a judge in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California has ruled that Samsung cannot view Apple’s next-generation iPad and iPhone products. The whole debacle started when Apple began accusing Samsung of creating copycat products — as such, it asked the Korean firm to produce its next-generation devices …

Apple defends developers in letter to Lodsys

May 23rd, 2011

Earlier this month a company called Lodsys began sending letters to iOS app developers using Apple’s in-app billing system, asking each to license its technology separately. In a blog post on May 15th, Lodsys explained on its website that “the scope of [Apple’s] current licenses does NOT enable [Apple] to provide  ‘pixie dust’ to bless …

Samsung files countersuit against Apple in U.S.

April 29th, 2011

Apple sent a shock wave through the technology community when it announced it was suing Samsung — a company that supplies the Cupertino-based iPhone maker with over $5 billion worth of components each year. Now that the gloves are officially off, Samsung is doing a little legal posturing of its own, this time Stateside. Reuters is reporting …

Google places $900M bid for 6,000 Nortel patents

April 4th, 2011

The business of smartphone production is starting to look more like the a John Grisham legal novel. While handset makers try to out-innovate each other with high-end, spec-heavy handsets consumers will flock to, lawyers are trying to out-flank each other with patent suits and red-tape. No longer can you have an armada of talented engineers …

Microsoft objects to Apple’s ‘App Store’ trademark application

January 12th, 2011

Microsoft has asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to deny a trademark request by Apple, Inc. on the name “App Store.” The Redmond software giant called the term “generic” and thinks “competitors should be able to use it.” The trademark application for “App Store” is currently listed as pendingin the USPTO’s system; the …

Nokia files 13 new patent infringement complaints against Apple

December 16th, 2010

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 …

JooJoo 2 coming in early 2011, powered by Android?

October 26th, 2010

Remember JooJoo? Well, apparently they still exist even after some legal trouble and according to the latest reports, they might soon be back in action with the follow up to the original JooJoo. The Joo Joo 2, supposedly to be powered by Android, will be based on Google’s OS but totally modified for what “the …

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

September 28th, 2010

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 …

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

August 13th, 2010

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 …