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Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

Study: 30% of smartphone cost tied to patent royalty fees

With all the patent litigation flying around, it’s reasonable to assume it will affect the price of a smartphone. If a case is lost or settled out of court, one or both sides typically have to pay a patent fee to the other company. That added cost is not blindly absorbed by the company, and a new document shows just how much we’re paying for patents when we buy a device.

Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple wants retrial, sales ban against Samsung

Apple, who recently settled their ongoing dispute with Motorola and Google amicably, has no intent on following that up. Previous reports that suggested the Cupertino firm and Samsung would play nice has been found to be false, as Apple seeks a retrial of their latest spat with Samsung. They’re also seeking a ban of all Samsung devices that infringe on their patents.

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Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Senator drops patent reform bill amidst partisan discourse

Patent trolling is a big issue right now, with various entities dedicated to litigiously making companies pay. Legislation has been introduced with the aim of bringing reason to the issue at hand, but lawmakers may have given up on it altogether. Unable to reach an agreement on how to proceed, it seems a solution is not forthcoming.

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Apple, Samsung reportedly in talks to end all litigation

Apple, Samsung reportedly in talks to end all litigation

Is Apple readying a truce with Samsung. The two companies, who are noted as having a strong disdain for one another, may be working on a settlement to their drawn-out, litigious relationship. Reports out of South Korea note this uneasy ceasefire may have been a long time coming, too.

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Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

Apple and Google patent spats end with settlement

The long and varied saga of patent litigation betwixt Apple and Google has drawn to an amicable, if not somewhat anti-climatic, ending. In a joint statement released today, both companies have announced plans to settle all patent-related lawsuits.

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Samsung vs Apple: FaceTime takes the stand

Samsung vs Apple: FaceTime takes the stand

This week Samsung has gone on the offensive with their suggestion that Apple’s FaceTime is a patent infringer. Samsung’s own patent for compression of video before transmission is being held against Apple inside FaceTime, this new push tapping devices in Apple's lineup such as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5.

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Apple software engineer reminisces iPhone’s birth

Apple software engineer reminisces iPhone’s birth

It’s a story that can now be told, but given how secretive Apple is about its ‘devil’ and ‘details’, one has to factor in the timing in context of the Apple – Samsung patent war that is still simmering on. We are talking about Apple’s senior software engineer Greg Christie and his recap on how the iPhone came about.

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Overstock defeats two patent trolls

Overstock defeats two patent trolls

Overstock.com is a website that sells all sorts of items for the home and other categories. It’s rather like Amazon, but on a smaller scale. The last time we talked about the company was when it started taking payments for items in bitcoin in January of this year. Overstock is back in the news now after defeating a pair of patent trolls.

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Apple’s motion for permanent injunction against Samsung denied again in court

Apple’s motion for permanent injunction against Samsung denied again in court

Apple and Samsung have been battling on court for years over the design of their smartphones among other things. Apple won a major victory over Samsung in court a few years ago when Apple was awarded damages in excess of $1 billion when the court found that Samsung had infringed Apple patents. Apple sought an injunction on the infringing devices.

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IPCom patent suit against Apple dismissed by German court

IPCom patent suit against Apple dismissed by German court

There are a number of patent trolls out there that hold patents they do nothing with and only want to use them to squeeze money out of licensees. IPCom is one of those companies and it has been handed a loss in a patent infringement case that it was fighting against Apple in Germany. Courts also dismissed a suit IPCom had against HTC.

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Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

Apple A7 chip details may spill amid patent lawsuit

This week a seemingly run of the mill bit of patent litigation has lit up the Apple analyst boards as the company's A7 chip has been placed at the center of a rather public trial. It's not the idea that the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation could be on the winning side of this battle with Apple that's sparking chatter, but the possibilities inside proceedings that might be of major interest. It's during the defense itself that Apple "will likely be forced to reveal proprietary details about its A7 chip", says PFHub, details Apple certainly isn't going to want to be showing off to just anyone.

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Nokia scores another legal win against HTC in Germany

Nokia scores another legal win against HTC in Germany

In yet another one of its multiple concurrent lawsuits against HTC, Nokia has proudly announced another favorable verdict in Germany, this time from the Mannheim Regional Court. The lawsuit revolves yet another Nokia patent that HTC has now been ruled to have infringed regarding how devices adapt to different network versions.

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