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Apple HTC case dismissals hit tiny snag at Google-owned patents

Apple HTC case dismissals hit tiny snag at Google-owned patents

The legal teams at Apple and HTC agreed upon a multi-year cease-fire quite recently with exceptions being made only for a collection of patents that are being revealed this week as unique in their direct ties to Google. This set of claims are being dismissed "with prejudice" as opposed to "without prejudice" as it has been with the rest of this legal adventure, and were each being used previously by HTC against Apple. Separately, four "new" patent agreements have been identified by Foss Patents as being stand-out and not especially visible to the public before they were first asserted against Nokia in separate cases - each of them stand-out because of their potential for future Apple vs Samsung or Motorola cases in the smartphone and tablet realms - watch out!

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HTC signs up for the Apple tax: $6-8 per Android phone

HTC signs up for the Apple tax: $6-8 per Android phone

It would appear that HTC is now set up to pay two giant companies for the rights to use their patents rather than face their legal wrath: their newest being Apple for $6-8 USD a phone. The other company HTC is into for cash-per-device is Microsoft, revealed all the way back in 2010 as an industry changing agreement for $5 USD a phone. The difference between that fee and this are small for HTC and for Apple and Microsoft in the end, but for this one fact: it does still appear that Microsoft makes more from Android-carrying device patent license fees than it does from its own Windows Phone platform - though that may change in the oncoming Windows Phone 8 season.

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Apple and HTC reach global legal settlement

Apple and HTC reach global legal settlement

It would seem that the patent wars between Apple and HTC are no more as both camps have released a statement detailing a 10 year settlement between them. This is a monumental development for not just the two companies themselves, but for the legal universe surrounding technology and gadgets on the whole. As for HTC and Apple, they've made it clear that this agreements means they'll be able to focus on product innovation for a long time to come.

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Wisconsin tosses Apple vs Motorola court battle early

Wisconsin tosses Apple vs Motorola court battle early

It would appear that the courts in Wisconsin do not have a taste for gadget wars as this week they've been reported to be tossing out the Apple vs Motorola case that'd be brewing for some time. This update has not been commented on by Apple, but Motorola has been vocal in their glee that the case is no more, making sure to be clear that they do still want to reach a resolution with Apple in one way or another. This case - and the results even after dismissal - remains rather important as Google now owns Motorola, making this essentially a case between two larger titans.

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Samsung suffers setback against Apple in Tokyo court

Samsung suffers setback against Apple in Tokyo court

Apple and Samsung's patent battle continues to rage all around the world, with one company picking up wins here and another coming out on top there. Today, we can chalk one up for Apple, as a Tokyo court has declared that the iPhone is not infringing on a pair of Samsung-held patents. The Asahi Shimbun reported the news this weekend, saying that two different verdicts have been handed down - one in September, and one earlier this month.

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Apple wants an additional $707 million in damages from Samsung

Apple wants an additional $707 million in damages from Samsung

The jury in the high-profile Apple-Samsung patent suit already award Apple a whopping $1.05 billion in damages, but now Apple is looking to have that amount bumped up a bit. In a motion filed Friday, the iPhone maker requested that Judge Lucy Koh make Samsung pay an additional $707 million in damages, which would bring the total amount Samsung has to pay Apple dangerously close to $2 billion. In its 43-page motion, Apple also requests a permanent sales ban on 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets.

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