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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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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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ITC staff favors Barnes & Noble in patent dispute with Microsoft

ITC staff favors Barnes & Noble in patent dispute with Microsoft

According to Bloomberg, staff of the US International Trade Commission believe that Barnes & Noble should win the patent-infringement case alleged by Microsoft. The suit claims that the bookseller's Nook e-reader infringes on five of the software giant's patents and seeks to ban import of the e-reader. Microsoft later changed the claim to only three patents.

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Kodak sues Samsung over digital imaging patents

Kodak sues Samsung over digital imaging patents

Kodak has announced that it is suing Samsung over five digital imaging patents. The complaint was filed against Samsung in the US District Court for the Western District of New York and follows similar allegations filed against Apple and HTC earlier this month.

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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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Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

Google grabs IBM patents including “Computer phone”

This week its become apparent that Google is continuing to work with IBM to build up their patent portfolio so that they can avoid as many 2011-esque litigations as possible through the new year. As SEO by the Sea notes, IBM worked with Google this past September and July to move patents from one portfolio to the other, while this past week (the last one in 2011) showed Google acquiring another 188 granted patents and 29 published pending patent applications from IBM. Patents in this deal contain such names as blade servers, data caching, server load balancing, instant messaging applications, video conferencing, and a whole lot more.

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Google’s Andy Rubin optimistic about Apple’s ITC win against HTC

Google’s Andy Rubin optimistic about Apple’s ITC win against HTC

Google's Android chief Andy Rubin is optimistic about the recent ITC ruling that found Android partner HTC in violation of two claims on one of Apple's patents. Rubin believes that the ruling marks the beginning of patent settlements that will lead to a "quick path to settling" the patent disputes currently being lodged against Android.

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ITC initial ruling finds Motorola infringing on Microsoft patent

ITC initial ruling finds Motorola infringing on Microsoft patent

The US International Trade Commission has issued its initial ruling favoring Microsoft in the patent feud with Motorola. The initial determination finds that Motorola's Android products are infringing four claims of a Microsoft patent. However, a final review and ruling is still required to pass through the full Commission.

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ITC rules in favor of Apple, bans HTC devices in US

ITC rules in favor of Apple, bans HTC devices in US

The US International Trade Commission has just ruled in favor of Apple's patent claims against HTC, banning some HTC devices from sale and importation to the US. The decision comes after ITC found that HTC violated two claims on one of Apple's patents. This final patent infringement ruling will not take effect until April 19, 2012.

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Apple made to specify design alternatives for Samsung

Apple made to specify design alternatives for Samsung

Apple and Samsung have been embroiled in a worldwide legal battle for months regarding the South Korean manufacturer's smartphones and tablets infringing on the Cupertino company's designs and patents. Documents have surfaced today revealing that in seeking to ban Samsung's devices, Apple had to provide design workarounds to clarify exactly what sorts of designs would not be considered infringing. The list of alternatives is quite humorous.

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HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

HTC loses to Apple in ITC patent infringement complaint

The International Trade Commission (ITC) in the US has ruled in favor of Apple in HTC's original patent infringement complaint against the Cupertino company. Judge Charles Bullock issued the ruling today, stating that Apple did not violate any of the four patents in question. The complaint was filed back in 2010 and the patents involved basic functions like phone dialing and power management.

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T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile supports Samsung in Apple patent battle

T-Mobile has filed with the federal courts to oppose Apple's request for a preliminary US injunction on Samsung's Galaxy products. The move is similar to what Verizon did last week, when it, too, sided with Samsung and filed with the courts to oppose the injunction request, citing possible negative effects to its 4G LTE network deployment.

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