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Apple Letter Disregarded, Lodsys Sues App Developers Anyway

Apple Letter Disregarded, Lodsys Sues App Developers Anyway

Earlier this month, several iOS developers were threatened with patent lawsuits by in-app purchasing patent holder, Lodsys. Apple had licensed the IP from Lodsys and believes that it extends to their app developers. Apple even sent a letter stating that it would fight for its developers should Lodsys proceed. Well, apparently that didn't scare the patent troll at all, and today it has proceeded to sue 7 iOS app developers.

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SG Comics Presents: Apple vs. Samsung

SG Comics Presents: Apple vs. Samsung

Apple's patent suit claims Samsung copied the "look and feel" of their user interface, including having a grid of colorful square icons with uniformly rounded corners, a bottom row "Springboard" of square icons, and an overall rectangular product shape that has four uniformly rounded corners. The TouchWiz UI resemblance to Apple's iOS UI is certainly there, but it will still be one tough legal battle with Samsung fighting back that will bring plenty of analysis on its implications for Apple and the smartphone/tablet industry as a whole. But, let's just imagine for fun if Samsung were to lose on the UI design battlefront...

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – April 24, 2011

This week's tech news roundup highlights the Apple and Samsung legal battle, our Samsung Galaxy SII extreme unboxing, cloud computing problems for both Amazon and the PlayStation Network, Apple's Q2 earnings, the white iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, and details on various smartphones and tablets including the BlackBerry Playbook, G-Slate, G2x, HTC Flyer, and the Acer Iconia Tab.

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DISH Network And EchoStar Respond After Court Rules In Favor Of TiVo

DISH Network And EchoStar Respond After Court Rules In Favor Of TiVo

DISH Network and EchoStar have issued a statement regarding the recent ruling from the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals in their legal battle with TiVo over technology patent infringement. The battle has been ongoing since 2004 with rejected appeals and small victories along the way for DISH Network and EchoStar. The Federal Circuit ruled today that it has unanimously vacated a previous district court’s contempt ruling but has a 7-5 split decision on the court's ruling regarding disablement of subject devices.

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ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

The U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that HTC and Nokia should not be found liable of patent infringement vs Apple Inc. Today marked the start of an ITC trial in Washington where Apple is attempting to ban imports of HTC's mobile phones into the US. They are also moving to block imports of some Nokia devices. This recommendation is not binding, but it does mark the bureaucratic position of the US government, ostensibly the will of the people, in this matter.

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Kodak Seeks $1B In Royalties From Apple, RIM

Kodak Seeks $1B In Royalties From Apple, RIM

Kodak is seeking more than $1 billion in royalties from electronics giants Apple and RIM over a patent in digital camera technology the companies employ in the cameras of their mobile devices. The International Trade Commission is going to announce whether it will review an ITC judge’s earlier decision that ruled in favor of Apple and RIM and said that the companies did not violate patents.

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LG Wins Injunction Against Sony, European Customs Seize PlayStation Shipments

LG Wins Injunction Against Sony, European Customs Seize PlayStation Shipments

We reported before that LG filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles from entering the U.S. due to alleged patent infringements. At the time we thought actual bans would be unlikely, but it looks like LG has won a preliminary injunction against Sony not in the U.S., but in Europe. LG alleges that Sony has infringed on a number of their Blu-ray technology patents. The ruling made by the civil court of justice in Hague means that all new PS3s must be confiscated when they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for a minimum of 10 days. Tens of thousands of PS3s have already been seized in by customs officers.

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Apple Sues Nokia in UK, Looks to Invalidate a Patent

Apple Sues Nokia in UK, Looks to Invalidate a Patent

The ongoing war between Apple and Nokia took another heated step late Wednesday evening, as the Cupertino-based company revealed they would be suing Nokia in the United Kingdom, in hopes of invalidating a particular touchscreen patent. The patent that Apple is looking to invalidate is the touchscreen scrolling patent that Nokia used to sue Apple in Germany, way back in September of 2010.

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Hopewell Culture and Design Aims at Apple, Others in Double-Click Lawsuit

Hopewell Culture and Design Aims at Apple, Others in Double-Click Lawsuit

If it weren't for the technology industry, there'd probably be a lot of downtime for some of the major courts around the United States. This time around, several companies are being targeted by plaintiff Hopwell Culture and Design. Of those companies, Apple, HTC, Adobe, and Samsung are being named. According to the plaintiff, these companies are violating a patent entitled Double-Clicking a Point-and-Click User Interface Apparatus to Enable a New Interaction with Content represented by an Active Visual Display Element.

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