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Apple and Motorola working on licensing deal in Germany

Apple and Motorola working on licensing deal in Germany

Apple and Motorola have apparently started discussing a licensing deal for some of Motorola's standard-essential patents in Germany. FOSS Patents reports that Motorola announced the work-in-progress deal last night, though the two have yet to agree on the price that Apple will pay for licensing. As many of you already know, Motorola and its new parent company Google have taken Apple to court, attempting to get a number of iDevices banned for patent infringement.

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Apple jury didn’t want to give Samsung ‘just a slap on the wrist’

Apple jury didn’t want to give Samsung ‘just a slap on the wrist’

As many of you already know by now, the jury in the Apple-Samsung patent case has delivered their verdict, and they're making Samsung pay up. Of course, Apple isn't getting the full amount it was suing for - a face-melting $2.45 billion - but Samsung is still being forced to pay the very significant amount of $1.05 billion. Jury foreman Velvin Hogan tells Reuters that even though the jury thought Apple's demands were too high, the group of nine jurors still wanted to make it clear that patent infringement was not something they were going to take lightly.

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Jury for Apple, Samsung case to deliberate longer today

Jury for Apple, Samsung case to deliberate longer today

Today marks the second day of deliberations for the Apple and Samsung patent trial, and the jury is ready to do some work. The group of nine who will be deciding the case told the court that they plan to extend deliberations by an extra hour today. This means that instead of the 9 AM to 4:30 PM schedule they followed yesterday, they won't be leaving the courthouse until 5:30 PM.

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Apple, Samsung jurors not allowed to update devices during deliberation

Apple, Samsung jurors not allowed to update devices during deliberation

The jury that will decide the outcome of the high-profile Apple and Samsung patent suit is scheduled to begin deliberation tomorrow, and to help them determine who's in the right, they've been provided with a number of mobile devices to try out. Even though they get to play around with all sorts of neat tech, they've been instructed by Judge Lucy Koh not to update anything on the phones. That goes for downloading new apps too.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung CEOs to discuss lawsuit ahead of deliberations

Apple and Samsung have both rested their cases in the trial relating to trade dress and patent claims, but the two companies will be discussing the case one more time to try and settle things before the jury is sent away to consider a verdict. Bloomberg reports that the CEOs of both companies, Tim Cook and Kwon Oh Hyun, will hold a telephone conference call to see if any resolution can be agreed upon.

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Chances of settlement slim in Apple, Samsung patent trial

Chances of settlement slim in Apple, Samsung patent trial

With both sides having presented their cases in the high-profile Apple and Samsung patent suit, it's almost time for the jury to begin deliberation. Before that happens, however, Judge Lucy Koh has asked both companies to either narrow their claims for the jury or attempt to reach a settlement. Unfortunately (and somewhat unsurprisingly) it looks like neither of those will be happening.

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Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Apple rested its case in the trial against Samsung this week, and now the South Korean company is doing everything possible to prove its innocence. AllThingsD reports that Samsung attempted to dismiss allegations that its products copied the design of the iPhone, with senior user experience design Jeeyuen Wang testifying that the company didn’t copy any of Apple’s icons. She went on to say that Samsung tested multiple icons, ultimately falling back on familiar pictures such as the traditional telephone because users responded better to them.

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Vringo buys 500 Nokia patents for $22m

Vringo buys 500 Nokia patents for $22m

Vringo, a technology company that develops and licenses mobile patents, has today announced that it will be acquiring 500 patents from Nokia for around $22 million. As a result, the company is selling off 9.2 million shares in the company to raise $31.2 million to cover the purchase. Vringo is acquiring 500 patents and applications across the world, with 109 issued within the United States. Critically, some of the patents relate to 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies.

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Samsung blames carriers for non-iPhone uniqueness in court case

Samsung blames carriers for non-iPhone uniqueness in court case

Anyone who follows smartphone news should know about the patent case between Apple and Samsung that's currently raging in court. Apple claims that Samsung copied the design of the iPhone, and it's up to Samsung to prove that it hasn't. Samsung has a lot riding on the hope that it can get the jury to sway to its side, and the way its attempting to do that today is by claiming that it doesn't have much choice when it comes to offering unique devices.

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Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google and Rovi Corporation have announced a new patent licensing deal that will help Google offer a more complete fiber TV service. Google Fiber's TV service was announced last week as a part of its new fiber Internet offerings, and thanks to this new deal with Rovi, Google will have access to the company's "interactive program guide patent portfolio" for set-top boxes. The announcement says that these patents apply to mobile and online platforms as well, so that's something to keep an eye on.

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