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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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‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

‘Crybaby’ Google accuses Microsoft of extortion

Microsoft and Samsung announced today a new cross-licensing deal for greater collaboration on Windows Phone 7 devices, but the deal will also require Samsung to pay royalties to Microsoft for every Android device it sells. Following the announcement, Google chimed in with a statement sent to TechCrunch, accusing Microsoft's patent-wielding tactics against Android and its partners extortion.

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Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung seeks iPhone, iPad ban in The Netherlands

Samsung has filed four new patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in The Netherlands seeking to ban the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and both the first and second generation iPads. The devices are allegedly infringing on four of Samsung's 3G wireless technology patents with each one represented by its own separate lawsuit.

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Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple sued by VIA over A4, A5 processor patents

Apple has been sued by Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technologies for allegedly infringing on patents related to the microprocessors used in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The complaint was filed through a federal court in Wilmington, Delaware yesterday and involves three US patents.

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Obama signs patent reform bill into law

Obama signs patent reform bill into law

Obama has just signed into law the controversial patent reform bill called the America Invents Act. The purpose of the bill is to streamline the patent filing process by placing priority on first-to-file rather than first-to-invent and introduces a fast-track system as well as a new ways to avoid patent validity litigation.

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Samsung accuses Apple of patent infringement in Australia

Samsung accuses Apple of patent infringement in Australia

The legal battle continues between Samsung and Apple with new shots fired in Australia, where Samsung has had to delay Galaxy Tab 10.1 shipments as a result of patent infringement claims brought on by Apple. Samsung was given until today, September 16, to respond, and they've decided to fire back with claims of their own.

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Apple patents 3D display with holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing

Apple patents 3D display with holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing

Apple has just been granted 13 new patents today by the USPTO, with one of them involving an advanced 3D display and imaging system. This particular patent involves holographic images and Kinect-like gesturing in a 3D space that makes the recent iPhone 5 concept with the holographic keyboard seem not too far off.

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HTC talks Windows Phone 7, patent war, and why iPhones are not that cool anymore

HTC talks Windows Phone 7, patent war, and why iPhones are not that cool anymore

During the Mobile Future Forward conference today, HTC America's acting president Martin Fichter talked about the Google-Motorola deal, the patent war, and Windows Phone 7. He also expressed his opinions on the iPhone, saying that it's just "not that cool anymore." It's interesting to get more insight on HTC's perspective, especially following this mornings report that the company is considering buying its own mobile OS.

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Samsung fights back against Apple with patent complaint in France

Samsung fights back against Apple with patent complaint in France

Samsung revealed today that it has filed a patent complaint against Apple in France. The two rival companies have been duking it out over smartphones and tablets, with Samsung suffering the most recently, having had to pull its Galaxy Tab 7.7 from IFA 2011 and having its Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned in Germany.

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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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