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ITC finds Motorola Mobility guilty of infringing on Microsoft patent

December 21st, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission ruled late Tuesday that Motorola Mobility is guilty of infringing on one of Microsoft’s patents. The patent is related to calendar sync and how one might use a device to schedule a meeting, BBC News explained. Microsoft originally filed a suit against Motorola Mobility in August in an attempt to …

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 bans U.S. import of multiple HTC devices in Apple patent ruling

December 19th, 2011

A judge with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled Monday that HTC is guilty of infringing Apple’s patents in several devices. The ITC also ordered a ban on the import of several of HTC’s smartphones although it is unclear which models are affected. The ban will take effect on April 19th. “Notice is hereby given …

Cequint sues Apple over caller ID patents

December 13th, 2011

Seattle-based Cequint Inc. filed a lawsuit against Apple accusing the company of infringing on two patents related to its caller ID technology. “Cequint has been damaged by Apple’s infringement,” the company said in its complaint, filed in a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. The firm argues that it “will be irreparably harmed” should Apple continue …

HTC may ignore smartphone sales ban in Germany [updated]

November 29th, 2011

IPCom has reportedly moved to ban HTC from selling smartphones in Germany. HTC lost a patent lawsuit to IPCom in 2009 and recently decided not to file an appeal against the ruling, likely in an effort to avoid further litigation it might have faced from a ruling on two additional patent cases. HTC may ignore IPCom’s …

Patent lawsuit with Motorola could cost Apple $2.7 billion

November 18th, 2011

Apple has reportedly told a German court that it will owe $2.7 billion if it loses a patent lawsuit against Motorola. The two companies have been locked in a legal battle in which Motorola has accused Apple of infringing on a patent related to email sync technology. As a result, Motorola recently won an injunction …

Motorola Mobility sued for allegedly stealing source code

November 17th, 2011

Lemko Corporation, a private software and systems developer, on Wednesday filed a complaint against Motorola Mobility alleging that it stole trade secrets and is financially benefiting from the misappropriation of Lemko’s source code. The company claims that Motorola hired an engineer who developed unique, protected code while employed by Lemko, and proceeded to implement the source …

MacBook tablet hybrid tipped by new Apple patent

November 17th, 2011

A patent awarded to Apple on Wednesday points to one possible solution the company might use once it finally equips the first MacBook computer with tablet-like functionality. The unique design described in the new patent uses a clutch barrel pivoting component that serves two purposes, Patently Apple reports. First, it houses two embedded antennas that …

Microsoft chasing down Huawei for Android patent license agreement

November 8th, 2011

Microsoft is chasing down Huawei in search of a patent licensing agreement, The Guardian reported on Tuesday. “Yes, Microsoft has come to us,” Huawei Devices chief marketing officer Victor Xu told The Guardian. “We always respect the intellectual property of companies. But we have 65,000 patents worldwide too. We have enough to protect our interests. We are …