licensing

Apple and Motorola working on licensing deal in Germany

Apple and Motorola working on licensing deal in Germany

Apple and Motorola have apparently started discussing a licensing deal for some of Motorola's standard-essential patents in Germany. FOSS Patents reports that Motorola announced the work-in-progress deal last night, though the two have yet to agree on the price that Apple will pay for licensing. As many of you already know, Motorola and its new parent company Google have taken Apple to court, attempting to get a number of iDevices banned for patent infringement.

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Apple offered licensing deal to Samsung, wanted $30 per phone

Apple offered licensing deal to Samsung, wanted $30 per phone

Apple and Samsung may currently be duking it out in the court room, but a freshly-surfaced Apple presentation from 2010 shows that the iPhone maker tried to strike a licensing deal with Samsung long before the jury became involved. Apple, as many of you already know, is taking Samsung to court over allegedly copying the iPhone in its own devices, but this new presentation shows that Apple tried to resolve the dispute by offering to license its patents to Samsung. Given the fact that Apple is currently suing Samsung for $2.5 billion, it seems that negotiations didn't go so well.

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Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google and Rovi Corporation have announced a new patent licensing deal that will help Google offer a more complete fiber TV service. Google Fiber's TV service was announced last week as a part of its new fiber Internet offerings, and thanks to this new deal with Rovi, Google will have access to the company's "interactive program guide patent portfolio" for set-top boxes. The announcement says that these patents apply to mobile and online platforms as well, so that's something to keep an eye on.

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Microsoft patent program grabs Amdocs mobile billing

Microsoft patent program grabs Amdocs mobile billing

This week Microsoft has made an agreement with yet another group in their IP Collaboration system in which rather than getting sued by the giant, groups agree to pay a fee for utilizing technology Microsoft has patented. The Amdocs group is the business working with Microsoft today, they being best known for their software and services for billion and customer support for telecommunications groups such as T-Mobile, Comcast, Vodafone, DirecTV, and more. This agreement covers Amdocs' use of Linux-based servers in its data centers.

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Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

Microsoft Android patent hunting hits Pegatron

The group known as Pegatron Corp. have become the next in a line of companies creating hardware based around Android and Chrome OS to have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft. It's been some weeks since we heard the last case of this happening, but what each of these cases have amounted to is the same as what's going on here: Microsoft owns a gigantic batch of patents, many of which cover devices whose functionality lends itself to Android. In this case, both Android and Chrome devices made by Pegatron might otherwise have fallen under Microsoft's lawsuit umbrella unless Pegatron made an agreement with Microsoft like they're doing here to give them cash per unit sold.

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Corbis GreenLight Music launches

Corbis GreenLight Music launches

Back in 1989, Bill Gates founded Corbis for licensing digital images to other companies for different uses. The company has now expanded into licensing music with the launch of GreenLight Music. The new music offering already has some of the biggest labels in the world signed up including EMI, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal and Warner.

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