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Apple damages vs Samsung: ZERO

Apple damages vs Samsung: ZERO

In the Apple vs Samsung case here in the USA over patents and design on both parties parts, it appears that Samsung's claims have fallen completely flat. Samsung challenged Apple in this case on patent claims for UTMS standard technology as well as several other smaller items. Across the board, Apple was found not guilty - no wrongdoing in ay way at all.

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Samsung’s first 3G anti-Apple patent suit rejected in Germany

Samsung’s first 3G anti-Apple patent suit rejected in Germany

The first of Samsung's seven patent infringement claims against Apple in Germany has been rejected by the courts, though it's unclear at present what impact the decision could have on the Korean company's remaining cases. Centered around 3G/UMTS wireless standards patents Samsung holds, the case alleges Apple has released products such as the iPhone without licensing the tech appropriately. At this stage, though, we don't know if the Mannheim Regional Court decided Apple escaped on a technical reason, FOSS Patents reports, or if it decided that the Cupertino company did indeed have a license.

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T-Mobile USA details “record high break-up fee” from AT&T

T-Mobile USA details “record high break-up fee” from AT&T

T-Mobile USA owner Deutsche Telekom has gleefully set out exactly what it can expect from AT&T as its break-up fee, after the collapse of the acquisition deal this week. AT&T was originally to pay $39bn for T-Mobile USA; now, with regulators frowning on the deal, the carrier will be forced to cough up what Deutsche Telekom describes as a "record high break-up fee" of $3bn in cash and "a large package" of AT&T's AWS spectrum. A long-term US-wide UMTS roaming agreement is also mandatory.

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Nokia and IPCom trade blows over N96 patent infringement suit

Nokia and IPCom trade blows over N96 patent infringement suit

In patent rulings, it's generally pretty clear which side is the winner and which the loser, but both Nokia and German company IPCom seem to think they've come out on top in a recent UK IP case covering 3G technologies. Judge Christopher Floyd found in favor of IPCom's allegations, this week, that two Nokia devices infringed on UMTS patents bought by the company from Bosch in 2007; however, he also dismissed claims that a further twelve device variants fell foul of the same patents.

Meanwhile, Nokia argued that, since the two devices in question are no longer current, what the ruling really amounts to is validation that the company can continue selling those handsets Judge Floyd said did not infringe IPCom's patents. "We can continue selling those products, now with legal certainty" Nokia told SlashGear, going on to describe IPCom's accusations as "an aggressive tactic to put pressure on Nokia to agree to discriminatory and unrealistic licensing terms."

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AT&T blame Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA kit for sluggish uploads

AT&T blame Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA kit for sluggish uploads

AT&T has blamed software bugs in Alcatel-Lucent HSUPA hardware for the apparent 3G upload throttling observed by some users in the US recently.  According to the AT&T statement, Alcatel-Lucent are working on a software fix for the bug - which is affecting less than 2-percent of AT&T's customers, the carrier claims - but until then users with HSUPA-capable devices will be limited to regular 3G UMTS upload speeds.

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Acer Aspire One D260 netbook gets official

Acer Aspire One D260 netbook gets official

Acer have officially unveiled their latest netbook, the Acer Aspire One D260, boasting up to 8hrs runtime, Intel's latest Atom N455 1.66GHz processor (along with the N450 too) and up to 2GB of RAM.  The D260 has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 200-nit display, GMA 3150 graphics and optional quadband 3G/UMTS.  Unfortunately, there's no sign of the rumored Android OS option we heard about back in April, only Windows 7.

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