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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 …

Microsoft’s Android warpath will likely extend to Kindle Fire

September 30th, 2011

Microsoft and Amazon signed a licensing agreement in February last year that covers technology used in the Kindle and various other products. That agreement does not cover Amazon’s new Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet, BGR has learned, which means Amazon could be coughing up hefty licensing fees to Microsoft in the near future. The Redmond-based company …

T-Mobile takes Samsung’s corner in patent fight with Apple

September 29th, 2011

T-Mobile USA has issued a statement in support of Samsung in the phone maker’s ongoing legal battles with Apple. T-Mobile said any court actions taken against Samsung preventing the South Korea-based company from selling its devices in the United States would “unnecessarily harm” the carrier. Specifically, T-Mobile is worried that a potential injunction could have …

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 …

Future Windows Phones to have swappable accessories, Microsoft patent suggests

September 23rd, 2011

A patent filing by Microsoft titled “Mobile Communication Device Having Multiple, Interchangeable Second Devices” was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday. The patent was originally filed on March 17th of last year and it describes a device that consists of a display and “multiple second devices” that can serve as …

‘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 …

ITC to review Apple win in patent battle with HTC

September 16th, 2011

The United States International Trade Commission will re-investigate claims that HTC is infringing on Apple’s patents. In July, a judge ruled HTC was guilty of infringing on two of Apple’s patents that covered “a system and method for performing an action on a structure in computer-generated data,” and “a real-time signal processing system for serially …

Dutch judge says Apple's 'slide-to-unlock' patent is likely invalid

August 25th, 2011

Just one day after ordering a preliminary injunction blocking the sale of multiple Samsung smartphones, a Dutch judge has said that at least one patent Apple is suing the South Korean company over is probably invalid. The judge ruled on Wednesday that Samsung’s GALAXY S II, GALAXY S and GALAXY Ace smartphones infringe on Apple …