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HTC sues Apple using Google, Motorola patents

HTC sues Apple using Google, Motorola patents

HTC has filed a new lawsuit against Apple today, claiming infringement on patents that it has just acquired from Google last week. Apple first sued HTC back in 2010 for infringing on a long list of iPhone related patents and the two companies have since been in a long-running feud, with a recent ITC ruling in Apple's favor. With Apple seeming to have the upper hand, HTC has been scrambling for leverage to fight back.

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Google gets 18 key patents from $12.5 billion Motorola deal

Google gets 18 key patents from $12.5 billion Motorola deal

Google has openly accused rivals, such as Microsoft, of launching an unfair patent war against the Android platform and its partners. Hence, Google's $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility is seen as a defensive maneuver to secure the phone maker's 17,000 patents and an additional 7,500 patents pending. But of that massive portfolio, only about 18 will be key to Google defending the Android platform, according to patent lawyer David Mixon, who spoke with Bloomberg.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – August 21, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – August 21, 2011

This past week was like no other. Two major industry changing announcements were made that really took the tech community by surprise. Google revealed its $12.5 billion bid for Motorola Mobility while HP suddenly raised a white flag on its webOS hardware and PC business to make an IBM-like transition into the enterprise software and services business. With competition in the mobile space getting cutthroat, all the remaining contenders continue to stockpile patents for courtroom battles. Proceed after the cut for the full weekly roundup video and list.

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Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, Google To Fight For InterDigital Patents

Apple, Nokia, Qualcomm, Google To Fight For InterDigital Patents

In the wake of Google's $12.5 billion bid for Motorola, rivals that have already been shoring up patent ammunition are now further hoarding patents as the IP battleground gets more and more cutthroat. Apple, Nokia, and Qualcomm are said to all be considering bids for InterDigital, a wireless telecommunications company that is now up for auction and has a trove of roughly 8,800 wireless technology patents.

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Motorola CEO Hints At Plans For Patent Offensive Against Android Rivals

Motorola CEO Hints At Plans For Patent Offensive Against Android Rivals

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha may have just revealed that the company has plans to battle its own Android brethren by going on the offensive with its massive IP portfolio. This comes at a time when the platform's manufacturers are struggling to defend against attacks from rivaling platforms. Apple is in the midst of an attack on Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, while Microsoft has already won royalties from HTC. The conflicts have even elicited a recent spat between Google and Microsoft.

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ITC Finds HTC Infringes On Two Apple Patents

ITC Finds HTC Infringes On Two Apple Patents

Earlier this week, Apple filed a new complaint against HTC with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in a second attempt at alleging patent infringement. Today, the ITC, which has the power to ban the importation of goods into the U.S., ruled that HTC has been infringing on 2 of the 4 patents asserted by Apple. This development has greater implications that could affect other Android device makers.

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ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

ITC Staff Backs HTC, Nokia in Apple Patent Case

The U.S. International Trade Commission recommended that HTC and Nokia should not be found liable of patent infringement vs Apple Inc. Today marked the start of an ITC trial in Washington where Apple is attempting to ban imports of HTC's mobile phones into the US. They are also moving to block imports of some Nokia devices. This recommendation is not binding, but it does mark the bureaucratic position of the US government, ostensibly the will of the people, in this matter.

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LG Wins Injunction Against Sony, European Customs Seize PlayStation Shipments

LG Wins Injunction Against Sony, European Customs Seize PlayStation Shipments

We reported before that LG filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking to ban Sony's PlayStation 3 game consoles from entering the U.S. due to alleged patent infringements. At the time we thought actual bans would be unlikely, but it looks like LG has won a preliminary injunction against Sony not in the U.S., but in Europe. LG alleges that Sony has infringed on a number of their Blu-ray technology patents. The ruling made by the civil court of justice in Hague means that all new PS3s must be confiscated when they are imported into the UK and the rest of Europe for a minimum of 10 days. Tens of thousands of PS3s have already been seized in by customs officers.

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