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Apple files for Samsung Tab ban in USA

Apple files for Samsung Tab ban in USA

The Samsung legal team is defending itself this week against a potential Apple-led ban of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet, this just three days before court-moderated settlement talks between the two manufacturers. This motion is being filed by Apple after a partially successful appeal was won by Apple on U.S. Patent No. D504,889 which has the Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringing on the iPad enough that the court may ban (temporarily or indefinitely) the Samsung tablet from sale here in the United States. At the moment Apple has won its preliminary injunction motion so it is quite likely that Judge Lucy Koh will move forward without another hearing and will ban the tablet temporarily.

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Samsung may face HTC-like block by Apple next

Samsung may face HTC-like block by Apple next

This week we're seeing one gigantic slip in stock prices for HTC as Apple's complaint to the ITC has two of their next hero phones blocked from being shipped to the USA - now we must ask if Samsung's Galaxy S III will be next. What we're seeing here is the HTC One X as well as the HTC EVO 4G LTE being blocked by "a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order." This information comes straight from HTC who note that the proposed infringement comes from a dialer app that comes pre-installed on HTC mobile phones. This order dates back to December of 2011 between HTC and Apple when the order was sent down that the order on the case would be delivered no later than April 19th, 2012: this affecting at this point just these two HTC devices thus far.

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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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ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

Motorola celebrated a small victory today after a judge with the US International Trade Commission found that Apple violated one of the Android manufacturer's WiFi technology patents. The ruling by ITC Judge Thomas Pender is still subject to review but throws some weight to the treasure trove of patents owned by Motorola, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Google.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung have been at each other necks over patent issues since that fateful day the Cupertino company went after the South Korean manufacturer for copycatting the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of products. Now, after almost exactly a year, the two companies have been ordered to attend settlement talks within the next 90 days in San Francisco, which will be overseen by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.

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Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft has won a small victory this week in US courts that will help its situation in Germany, where Motorola is seeking an injunction on Windows and Xbox products. The US ruling does not prevent a ban, if any is granted, but instead delays Motorola's ability to enforce such a ban until after the dispute over "fair and reasonable" licensing between the two companies is resolved here in the states.

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TiVo sues Motorola and Time Warner over DVR patents

TiVo sues Motorola and Time Warner over DVR patents

Google has filed a new patent infringement suit against Motorola and Time Warner Cable. TiVo is alleging the two companies are infringing on three patents that it holds having to do with DVR systems. The suit was filed in federal court in Texas and is a bit of retaliation over previous suit Motorola had filed against TiVo for patent infringement.

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Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, a first in the realms of social media and an extension of the patent feuds already blistering in Silicon Valley between smartphone and tablet makers such as Apple, Microsoft, and Motorola. Yahoo pulled the trigger today following reports last month that the company had been threatening legal action against the social network, proving it wasn't bluffing.

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Apple considering royalties to settle Android patent lawsuits

Apple considering royalties to settle Android patent lawsuits

Apple has reportedly proposed accepting royalties to end its patent war against some Android rivals, namely Motorola and Samsung. According to multiple sources of the Dow Jones, Apple is asking between $5 to $15 per phone or about 1% to 2.5% of net sales per device. Although this seems fairly common in the game, think Microsoft's patent deals, it's a bit unusual for Apple, which has been especially opposed to licensing its patents in favor of seeking injunctions against rivals instead.

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German court throws out two Apple and Samsung patent suits

German court throws out two Apple and Samsung patent suits

Apple and Samsung each had a patent suit dismissed today in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court. One of two slide-to-unlock claims brought against Samsung by Apple was rejected as was the third 3G essential patent brought against Apple by Samsung. However, Florian Mueller of Foss Patents believes that Apple was still ahead this week in winning several other complaints and probably would have used FRAND on the 3G patent claim had it not been otherwise dismissed.

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