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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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FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

FTC reportedly recommends lawsuit against Google over patents

The FTC has been nosing around Google for a while now, having formally launched a probe back in June to look into whether the company is guilty of blocking competitors’ access to essential technology patents. Earlier this month, we reported that Google was looking into settling the issue. Now it seems the FTC has formally recommended that the company be sued.

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Microsoft sued over Live Tiles in Windows

Microsoft sued over Live Tiles in Windows

While the Live Tiles feature in Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8 may be something new for PC and tablet users, it was actually introduced two years ago with the launch of Windows Phone 7, but a small operating system technology designing company by the name of SurfCast is just now suing Microsoft over the Live Tiles feature.

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Samsung infringed on Apple patents, judge rules

Samsung infringed on Apple patents, judge rules

You win some, you lose some. In this case, Samsung is the loser, with a federal trade panel judge ruling that the company infringed on Apple's patents. This is the latest in a long patent war that the two companies have been engaged in for quite some time, and comes after the South Korean company's brief victory in the Netherlands.

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Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

Google contemplates patent antitrust settlement

We reported last Friday about a potential antitrust lawsuit that the FTC was looking at slapping Google with over patent violations. The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating potential antitrust claims regarding Google for over a year. Recently, it started poking around the way Google handled the patents it received when it bought Motorola, and now it seems Google is considering a settlement.

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Apple receives patent for alternative NFC technology

Apple receives patent for alternative NFC technology

NFC is all the rage lately, especially on Android devices. The ability to share something with a friend just by tapping your phones together is pretty marvelous, and could be something that will take off and become the norm in the future. However, Apple was just granted a patent that involves the same kind of techniques, but is different than NFC.

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Apple appeals Tokyo court’s ruling in Samsung patent lawsuit

Apple appeals Tokyo court’s ruling in Samsung patent lawsuit

Hold your surprise, folks. Apple and Samsung are still at war over patents, the latest move in the ongoing battle being an appeal from Apple about a Tokyo court's ruling in favor of Samsung. The ruling was made on August 31st by the Tokyo District Court, stating that Samsung did not violate Apple's patent on synchronizing music and video with servers.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening, everyone. This afternoon, RIM delivered its quarterly report, and even though it didn't look too good, it was still better than quarterly reports of the past. Samsung is teasing a new Galaxy Note II event for October 24, while Google turned 14 years old today and celebrated with a brand new doodle. Qualcomm introduced a pair of new processors for mobile devices today, and a series of new iPhone patents deals with things like disappearing buttons, 3D displays, and invisible speakers.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google’s Eric Schmidt: We’re innovative while Apple is a patent troll

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, who is currently on tour in Asia where he announced the company’s Nexus 7 tablet in Tokyo recently, had some time to talk about Google's relationship with Apple. Schmidt mentioned that while Apple and Google are very good friends, he doesn’t agree with patent wars and feels that they prevent innovation.

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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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iPhone 5 prepared for Samsung legal war with 434 LTE patents

iPhone 5 prepared for Samsung legal war with 434 LTE patents

Today Apple began sending out invites for its September 12 event, where the company is widely expected to reveal the next iPhone. The iPhone 5 is rumored to come complete with LTE functionality, but there's just one problem with that: Samsung has said that it will sue Apple if it releases a device with LTE. Since Apple's iPad already has LTE, we can take that to mean that Samsung will sue if Apple releases an iPhone with LTE capabilities.

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Samsung may sue Apple over LTE implementation

Samsung may sue Apple over LTE implementation

Samsung has been indicating that it isn't going to Apple's victory in their high-profile patent case lying down. The company assured users that it "will take all necessary measures to ensure the availability of our products in the U.S. market," earlier this week, and will undoubtedly attempt appeal, going all the way up to the Supreme Court if it has to. But Samsung might have something up its sleeve, and it may not be long before we see Samsung taking Apple to court over patent infringement once more.

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