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Apple wins sales ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

June 27th, 2012

Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet have been banned in the United States by U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh. “Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” Koh said in her ruling on Tuesday, Reuters reported. The ban …

Patent trolls cost companies $29 billion in 2011

June 26th, 2012

Patent trolls — that is, entities that purchase patents in bulk and sue other companies for infringement despite not making any products of their own — have rapidly become the bane of the technology industry. But few could have imagined that patent trolling would cost companies a whopping $29 billion a year in expenses, as a …

Apple denied Galaxy S III sales ban in US

June 13th, 2012

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California on Monday ended Apple’s hopes of stopping the upcoming launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone. The Cupertino-based company had pushed to get a court order blocking the June 21st launch, however Koh denied the injunction, Reuters reported. The judge claimed the case would overload …

British libel reforms push ISPs to out Internet trolls

June 12th, 2012

Anonymous trolls in the United Kingdom may have to think twice before calling someone a “n00b” or “teh sux0r” online. That’s because the U.K. House of Commons this week will start a debate on reforms to British libel law that will provide incentives for Internet Service Providers to reveal the identities of online posters accused …

HTC can’t sue Apple with patents it doesn’t own, judge says

June 11th, 2012

Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender has told HTC that it can’t actually sue Apple using patents owned by another company. Per Florian Mueller at FOSS Patents, it seems that HTC had paid Google some cash to temporarily borrow intellectual property that the company then used as a counterattack against Apple, which has been the leading …

HTC insists Apple is in the wrong

June 7th, 2012

HTC on Wednesday evening responded to a new complaint filed by Apple that looks to ban all new HTC smartphones and tablets from being imported and sold in the United States. 29 devices in total were named in Apple’s new complaint filed on Wednesday with with International Trade Commission, relating to U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 covering a …

Samsung accuses Apple's expert witnesses of being 'iSheep' in patent trial

May 22nd, 2012

Samsung has accused Apple of calling expert witnesses that exhibit “slavish adoration” to the company during an ongoing patent trial between the two consumer electronics giants. As noted by patent expert Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents, court documents filed by Samsung in California seek to exclude testimony made by a number of Apple’s expert witnesses …

RIM reportedly considers patent trolling to boost business

May 1st, 2012

As Research In Motion continues to explore any and all options that might help carry it through the next two quarters until it finally launches its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone and beyond, one option reportedly on the table is patent trolling. RIM recently hired law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP to explore a number of …