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Apple loses Motorola patent strike in preliminary ruling

Apple loses Motorola patent strike in preliminary ruling

Apple's patent violation claims against Motorola Mobility have been rejected in a preliminary ruling, with the US ITC suggesting that none of the infringements alleged by the Cupertino company hold water. Although still relatively early in the process - with a final decision yet to be settled upon by the US International Trade Commission - the preliminary ITC ruling [pdf link] indicates that Motorola hasn't overstepped the mark with regards to three patented technologies Apple claims have been infringed by the DROID line of devices.

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Apple Possibly Planning All New Mac Product

Apple Possibly Planning All New Mac Product

Straight from the horses mouth - the one that lives in Japan and isn't exactly officially connected with Apple in any way, thusly a whole different breed, as it were, comes word that Apple will be releasing a Mac that's “absolutely different from current products." The source for this information is a group that also successfully predicted the March release of the iPad 2. What we're expecting is that IF a whole new product is released, it could be a touch-central desktop computer to make use of the newest Mac OS Lion's ability to push and pull in all directions for gesture-based action all day long.

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Apple granted iPhone multitouch patent: Lawyers prepare for action

Apple granted iPhone multitouch patent: Lawyers prepare for action

Apple has been granted a vital capacitive multitouch touchscreen patent, which could trigger a new round of IP legal battles against rival smartphone manufacturers. The patent, titled "Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content," details the touch and control systems Apple used in the first-gen iPhone and in all models since, and which experts believe could leave Samsung, HTC and others in hot water.

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ITC to investigate Apple’s claims of HTC patent theft

ITC to investigate Apple’s claims of HTC patent theft

Apple's legal case against HTC - in which they allege the smartphone manufacturer impinged on their intellectual property with various Android and Windows Mobile based handsets - has been green-lighted by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).  The decision means that, within the next 45 days, the ITC must announce a date by which it expects to have come to a conclusion over whether HTC did, in fact, infringe Apple patents; if it finds in Apple's favor, HTC could be forced to block functionality in their devices or even barred from importing them into the US altogether.

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Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple sued over multitouch IP: iPad & iPhone imports under threat?

Apple's iPad might be shipping out to preorder customers, but there's at least one company who'd like to put a stop to it.  Taiwanese company Elan Microelectronics have filed a suit against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) today, on the premise that the Cupertino company's multitouch implementation impinges on one of their own patents.  If upheld, the ITC could block Apple from bringing iPads - along with iPhones, iPod touch PMPs and the Magic Mouse - into the US.

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Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

Apple’s target really Google in HTC patent punch-up?

While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google.  HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation.  Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.

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Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Apple sue HTC over iPhone patent infringement [Updated with full patent list]

Sad faces over at HTC today, we'd wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend.  Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it's UI, architecture or hardware.  It's also accompanied by the usual "create your own tech, don't steal ours" quote from CEO Steve Jobs.

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Patent investigators name Apple as next target; Garmin prior art found

Patent investigators name Apple as next target; Garmin prior art found

Apple's recent patent award for multitouch and gesture-based interfaces used in its iPhone and iPod touch ranges has flung patent law and prior art contests back into the headlines; now there's word that a so-called global community working to "legitimize the validity of patents", Article One Partners, have given a $50,000 prize fund to two researchers that turned up evidence potentially letting Garmin off the hook in a patent dispute of their own.  Article One have now launched seven more patent studies, each with cash jackpots, one of which addresses Apple's touchscreen IP.

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