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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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German court throws out two Apple and Samsung patent suits

German court throws out two Apple and Samsung patent suits

Apple and Samsung each had a patent suit dismissed today in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court. One of two slide-to-unlock claims brought against Samsung by Apple was rejected as was the third 3G essential patent brought against Apple by Samsung. However, Florian Mueller of Foss Patents believes that Apple was still ahead this week in winning several other complaints and probably would have used FRAND on the 3G patent claim had it not been otherwise dismissed.

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Motorola grabs for Microsoft’s Windows in patent dispute

Motorola grabs for Microsoft’s Windows in patent dispute

Microsoft has Android device makers by the short and curlies when it comes patent fees. Virtually all manufacturers who are creating Android smartphones and tablets license patents from Microsoft. It seems like Microsoft is set to get a taste of its own medicine from Motorola. Apparently, a German court appears set to side with Motorola in a patent dispute that has to do with patents used for video compression and decompression technology. Microsoft is allegedly using patented tech in some of its most important and popular products.

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Pantech next to pay Microsoft over Android patents

Pantech next to pay Microsoft over Android patents

Microsoft has successfully sought royalty payments from a number of Android device makers and the next company that will likely pay up is Pantech, South Korea's third largest handset manufacturer. According to Yonhap News, Pantech is currently in talks with Microsoft regarding the patent usage in its Android smartphones but the details have not been finalized yet.

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Kodak sues Apple, HTC over digital imaging patents

Kodak sues Apple, HTC over digital imaging patents

Kodak has announced that it's suing Apple and HTC for infringing on four of its digital imaging patents. It also claims HTC to be infringing on a fifth image preview patent, which is already at the center of an ongoing case that Kodak has lodged against Apple and RIM. This latest suit was filed today with the US International Trade Commission and in a New York district court.

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