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Apple and Samsung back to court as mediation fails

Apple and Samsung back to court as mediation fails

Apple and Samsung are headed back to court next month, after attempts at negotiating a settlement over ongoing patent infringement disputes in the US failed. The two firms had been pushed into mediation by court order, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung mobile communications CEO J.K. Shin meeting for a full day of negotiations in February, along with legal teams and other advisors. However, despite numerous follow-ups, "the mediator's settlement proposal to the parties was unsuccessful" the jointly-filed report confirms.

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Samsung sues Dyson over reputation damage in vacuum spat

Samsung sues Dyson over reputation damage in vacuum spat

Samsung has countersued Dyson, accusing the British vacuum cleaner company of having "negatively affected" its brand reputation after it sued the Korean firm back in 2013 over patent infringement. Dyson brought its suit in August in the UK, describing Samsung's 2013 Motion Sync cleaner as a "cynical rip-off" of a patent it itself was granted back in 2009, but later voluntarily dropped the case after discovering prior art. However, just being out of the legal headlamps isn't enough to satisfy Samsung, which is accusing its far smaller rival of damaging its good name.

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Apple vs Samsung secret mediation talks fail insiders claim

Apple vs Samsung secret mediation talks fail insiders claim

Resolution talks between Apple and Samsung have reportedly broken down, with Korean media claiming clandestine discussions between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung co-CEO JK Shin failed to find any common ground for settlement. The negotiations, which the two firms agreed to at least attempt before returning to their courtroom sparring, had not been officially timetabled but Samsung and Apple had previously promised to try to agree before a February 19th deadline.

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Adidas sues Under Armour over fitness wearable tech

Adidas sues Under Armour over fitness wearable tech

Adidas has accused Under Armour of wearable patent violation, filing a lawsuit in which it claims ten of its miCouch technologies have been infringed by its rival's health and fitness products. The suit, filed in Delaware earlier this month, sees Adidas claim that a former senior engineering manager who jumped ship to Under Armour used his "direct knowledge of Adidas' patent portfolio" to give the Armour39 an unfair edge.

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HTC and Nokia ink patent deal: Will explore tech together rather than fight

HTC and Nokia ink patent deal: Will explore tech together rather than fight

Nokia and HTC have inked a patent agreement that will see all ongoing litigation between the companies cease, sharing technology in future and cutting off a potentially imminent sales ban on HTC smartphones. The deal sees HTC agreeing to pay for "a long standing" license of Nokia's patents, but is also said to "involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio", while both companies will "explore future technology collaboration opportunities."

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Apple demands patent troll reform

Apple demands patent troll reform

Apple and Google may not agree on a lot of things, but when it comes to crazy patent suits both companies feel the same way: it's time for the rules to change and make it easier to fight back. Apple has joined Google's call for patent reform, particularly around whether it can demand attorneys' fees in cases each company wins. Currently, even if the patent claim is defeated, Google or Apple themselves must cover the cost of their lawyers.

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Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

Just how much did Motorola’s patents actually cost Google?

The headline figures on the Google-Lenovo deal are brutal. Google spent $12.5bn to acquire Motorola Mobility back in 2011, and in 2014 it's selling the company off to Lenovo for $2.91bn. On the face of it, that's more than $9.5bn for a collection of patents that have left some experts scratching their heads. Still, there have been some big changes in the intervening period, so just how much did Google actually end up paying for that patent haul?

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