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Apple Motorola Settlement

Apple and Motorola may use arbitration to settle patent disputes

November 16th, 2012

After a U.S. District judge in Wisconsin threw out Apple’s (AAPL) patent lawsuit against Motorola earlier this month, Bloomberg reports the two companies might consider arbitration to settle their patent disputes. According to Bloomberg, Apple said in a recent filing that it’s “interested in resolving its dispute with Motorola completely and agrees that arbitration may be the best vehicle to …

Study: Patent trolls file 40% of all patent suits

October 12th, 2012

A new study confirms what we’ve all suspected based on anecdotal evidence: Suits filed by patent trolls have gone way up over the past few years. As Ars Technica reports, the new study headed up by UC Hastings law professor Robin Feldman used data from Stanford Law’s Lex Machina intellectual property database and found that …

Microsoft wins German ban on Motorola devices

September 20th, 2012

In another unwelcome development for Android OEMs, a German court has slapped the Google (GOOG)-owned Motorola with a sales ban for allegedly infringing upon patents held by Microsoft (MSFT). AllThingsD reports that the court banned a number of Motorola smartphones and tablets for infringing a patent that details “a method and system for receiving user input …

Samsung confirms plans to sue Apple over LTE in the iPhone 5

September 20th, 2012

Rumors that Samsung (005930) had plans to file a fresh patent complaint against Apple (AAPL) following the launch of the new iPhone 5 have panned out. A new filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California confirms that Samsung is indeed preparing to file a complaint against Apple pertaining to LTE …

Another win for Apple: ITC says iPhone, iPad don’t violate Samsung patents

September 14th, 2012

Apple (AAPL) on Friday scored yet another victory over rival Samsung (005930) in the ongoing patent war being fought by the two consumer electronics giants in numerous countries around the world. In this latest development, the International Trade Commission cleared Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices of infringing four Samsung-owned patents, as Samsung had charged last …

Siri-controlled iTunes could be coming to future Macs

September 14th, 2012

Voice control is the way of the future, or at least that’s what Apple (AAPL) wants people to believe. With the launch of Siri on last year’s iPhone 4S, Apple opened up a new world of using a natural language user interface to the masses. Today, Siri is on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad, and it will …

How Google reworked Android to step around Apple’s deadly ‘915 patent

August 30th, 2012

One of the patents Apple (AAPL) successfully asserted in its case against Samsung (005930) caused some alarm in the tech media earlier this week when tech reporters mistakenly believed that it encompassed every single type of “pinch-to-zoom” touchscreen technology. But as The Verge explains, Apple’s ‘915 patent — the so-called pinch-to-zoom patent — is actually fairly …

Reuters: Google and Apple are conducting secret patent settlement talks

August 30th, 2012

Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes talks regarding the ongoing patent disputes between the two companies, unnamed sources have told Reuters. Page and Cook recently had a phone conversation to discuss various matters involving intellectual property, and according to Reuters‘ sources, they are expected to talk again soon. …

As Apple continues to bully Android vendors, Sony shrugs

August 30th, 2012

Sony (SNE) has a lot on its plate right now. The Japanese consumer electronics giant’s profit plummeted last quarter despite revenue growth, and its Xperia smartphones have yet to gain traction in many key markets including the United States. It does have one thing going for it, though. As Apple (AAPL) batters Samsung (005930) and …