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Apple, Nokia prepare to kick-off legal battles this week

November 29th, 2010

Technology juggernauts Apple, Inc. and Nokia Oyj are preparing to plead their respective patent-infringement cases to the International Trade Commission (ITC) this week. In preparation for the court battle — which Bloomberg likens to two “800-pound gorillas fighting each other” — the publication is reporting that Apple is actively “recruiting lawyers who have fought for and against some of …

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

November 4th, 2010

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 …

Microsoft acquires Canesta, 3D gesture controls are a go

October 30th, 2010

Canesta, a company specializing in motion-sensing and 3D gesture controls, have just announced that they are being acquired by Microsoft; a deal that is expected to be finalized by the end of 2010. Canesta was founded in 1999 and they specialize in “NUI’s” or natural user interfaces. Their technology allows users to do away with the traditional …

Apple granted 'there's an app for that' trademark

October 12th, 2010

If, for whatever reason, you aren’t fond of Apple’s “there’s an app for that” slogan, you might not love the following news. The U.S. patent and trademark office has granted Apple, Inc. a trademark for their oh-so-familiar App Store slogan, “there’s an app for that.” The filing was initially made in December of 2009 and, …

Motorola Mobility sues Apple for patent infringement

October 6th, 2010

Today, Motorola Mobility announced a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. alleging the Cupertino company’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as certain Mac computers, infringe upon eighteen of Motorola’s patents. The accusations are fairly broad: The Motorola patents include wireless communication technologies, such as WCDMA (3G), GPRS, 802.11 and antenna design, and key smartphone technologies including …

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 …

InNova Patent Licensing LLC files infringement lawsuit against thirty-six companies over email spam patent

July 22nd, 2010

Texas-based InNova Patent Licensing LLC has filed a broad lawsuit against thirty-six defendants accusing them of infringement upon an email spam patent that was granted to InNova founder Robert Uomini. The patent describes a method of identifying incoming email as spam by using external context information obtained from the sender and according to Christopher Banys, lead counsel …

HP webOS tablet to be called the Palmpad, ship with a digital pen?

July 21st, 2010

According to a USPTO document, HP has recently submitted a trademark application for the term “Palmpad”, a moniker that would be fitting for its first attempt at a webOS tablet. The application form lists the target goods/services as “Computers, computer hardware, computer software, computer peripherals, portable computers, handheld and mobile computers, PDAs, electronic notepads, mobile …