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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 25 2011

Happy Father's Day to all the geek dads out there! Welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Panasonic confirmed a new GF series camera early in the week with a new GF3 for novices and a pro version coming. These little cameras have interchangeable lenses and are sized more like a point and shoot than a DSLR.

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New York Times and OpinionLab file suit against Lodsys to invalidate patents

New York Times and OpinionLab file suit against Lodsys to invalidate patents

We have been following the Lodsys saga since it began. Lodsys has filed suit against a bunch of developers that work on iOS and is eyeing Andorid developers as well. Lodsys maintains that the devs and other companies are infringing on its patents. There are several large companies in the tech and businesses world bringing their considerable resources to the legal battle against Lodsys and two more have now joined the fray.

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Apple Files To Intervene Lodsys Lawsuit Against App Developers

Apple Files To Intervene Lodsys Lawsuit Against App Developers

It's been about nine days since seven small iOS app developers were sued by in-app purchasing patent holder, Lodsys. The threats from Lodsys came in early last month and even led Apple to issue a warning letter stating that it would back the app developers. Lodsys sued anyways and then came the wait to see if Apple would follow through. Now with WWDC 2011 over, Apple appears to be delivering on its promise today by filing a motion to intervene.

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Microsoft loses to i4i in Supreme Court

Microsoft loses to i4i in Supreme Court

Back in March, I mentioned that Microsoft had appealed the verdict in the case brought against it for patent infringement against a small Toronto firm called i4i over tech used in MS Word. This legal battle has been raging for years and the jury had previously awarded i4i $290 million after determining that in 2003 and 2007 Microsoft infringed on a patent held by i4i relating to text manipulation software. Microsoft appealed that verdict all the way to the Supreme Court and is fighting to invalidate the patent.

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Defendant in Lodsys suit seeks to invalidate all four patents in Illinois federal court

Defendant in Lodsys suit seeks to invalidate all four patents in Illinois federal court

We have been following the development in the Lodsys case for a while now. Lodsys has sued app developers claiming that the devs are infringing on patents that Lodsys owns for specific technologies that are used in a lot of Apple apps and some Android apps. The suit is ongoing and so far other than writing letters and telling devs that its license covers them Apple has done very little and Google has done less than that.

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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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