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US HTC phones circumvent Apple’s patents

US HTC phones circumvent Apple’s patents

Apple has managed to score a victory against HTC, with the ITC finding that its Android phones infringed a patent dealing with context menus. It may be short lived, however, as it has been discovered that HTC is shipping a custom version of Android in the United States without such context menus in order to circumvent the block. The Verge has confirmed that the AT&T HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE both exclude the infringing feature.

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Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Ex-Sun chief supports Google in Oracle trial

Oracle may have hit a roadblock in its trial against Google over Java licensing issues in Android. Former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz took the stand today as a witness for the defense, disputing Oracle's claims that the Java APIs in question were Sun's proprietary code.

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ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

ITC finds Apple violates one Motorola patent

Motorola celebrated a small victory today after a judge with the US International Trade Commission found that Apple violated one of the Android manufacturer's WiFi technology patents. The ruling by ITC Judge Thomas Pender is still subject to review but throws some weight to the treasure trove of patents owned by Motorola, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Google.

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Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to talk settlement

Apple and Samsung have been at each other necks over patent issues since that fateful day the Cupertino company went after the South Korean manufacturer for copycatting the iPhone and iPad with its Galaxy line of products. Now, after almost exactly a year, the two companies have been ordered to attend settlement talks within the next 90 days in San Francisco, which will be overseen by US Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero.

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Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft wins delay in Motorola patent case

Microsoft has won a small victory this week in US courts that will help its situation in Germany, where Motorola is seeking an injunction on Windows and Xbox products. The US ruling does not prevent a ban, if any is granted, but instead delays Motorola's ability to enforce such a ban until after the dispute over "fair and reasonable" licensing between the two companies is resolved here in the states.

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Google’s Motorola deal still awaits China’s approval

Google’s Motorola deal still awaits China’s approval

Google's deal to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion is still waiting for approval by China's antitrust agency. The deal has already received clearance from the US Justice Department, the European Union, and other jurisdictions around the world, making China the last hurdle. However, Chinese regulators have added another round of investigations, which could bring further delays.

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Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo sues Facebook for patent infringement

Yahoo has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, a first in the realms of social media and an extension of the patent feuds already blistering in Silicon Valley between smartphone and tablet makers such as Apple, Microsoft, and Motorola. Yahoo pulled the trigger today following reports last month that the company had been threatening legal action against the social network, proving it wasn't bluffing.

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Apple considering royalties to settle Android patent lawsuits

Apple considering royalties to settle Android patent lawsuits

Apple has reportedly proposed accepting royalties to end its patent war against some Android rivals, namely Motorola and Samsung. According to multiple sources of the Dow Jones, Apple is asking between $5 to $15 per phone or about 1% to 2.5% of net sales per device. Although this seems fairly common in the game, think Microsoft's patent deals, it's a bit unusual for Apple, which has been especially opposed to licensing its patents in favor of seeking injunctions against rivals instead.

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Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

A Google patent application surfaced today, revealing the company's plans for lowering the cost and speeding up the deployment of its Google Fiber broadband network. The patent filing illustrates the use of a flat and flexible housing to carry the fiber-optic lines to houses. The idea also aims to reduce the environmental impact of installing the network.

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