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Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Twitter acquires 900 IBM patents

Late last year, Twitter was on the receiving end of a letter from IBM claiming the microblogging website was infringing on three of its vast trove of patents. IBM proposed an amicable "business resolution" to the budding legal dispute -- teaspoon of honey and all that -- and it seems such a resolution has been struck, with Twitter acquiring more than 900 of the company's patents.

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Google explains Motorola sale: we’re not leaving hardware

Google explains Motorola sale: we’re not leaving hardware

Immediately following the announcement of their sale of Motorola's non-patent bits to Lenovo, Google explained a bit about what they'd be doing to move forward from this point through 2014. In a very basic way, Google suggested that they had, indeed, strengthened their own patent portfolio before the decided to move forward without the rest of the Motorola business. Meanwhile, Google suggested this afternoon, they'd not be getting out of the hardware business - not at all.

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Lenovo Motorola acquisition tipped in Google deal [UPDATE: Official]

Lenovo Motorola acquisition tipped in Google deal  [UPDATE: Official]

Today it would appear that a rather unforeseen set of events has led Lenovo to be appearing to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google. This sort of buy would be a major one - larger perhaps, even, than the news in 2011 that Google was purchasing Motorola in the first place. The deal is said to be worth between $2- and $3-billion USD and is being tipped now by multiple independent sources.

UPDATE: It's official.

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Ericsson and Samsung settle patent litigation with a licensing pact

Ericsson and Samsung settle patent litigation with a licensing pact

After signing a global patent licensing agreement with Google, Samsung is once again entering into another licensing arrangement. However, in its settlement with Ericsson, however, Samsung is not really standing on equal ground.

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Google and Samsung reach a patent license accord

Google and Samsung reach a patent license accord

Samsung and Google's lawyers have been busy bees over the weekend. Now the two companies have announced a global patent license agreement that will extend 10 years into the future in the hopes of fostering innovation and perhaps to also shield themselves from patent litigation.

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Qualcomm acquires 1,400 Palm, iPAQ, Bitphone patents from HP

Qualcomm acquires 1,400 Palm, iPAQ, Bitphone patents from HP

This afternoon Qualcomm has announced that they will acquire all of HP's remaining Palm-related patents. They will also be acquiring from Hewlett-Packard a number of other patents in the mobile sector, including those under the titles' iPAQ and Bitphone. This purchase will apparently also include both patents and patent applications.

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Apple may require anti-cloning provision in Samsung settlement

Apple may require anti-cloning provision in Samsung settlement

Samsung and Apple's legal dance may be far from over, but the two clashing titans might soon come to terms outside the courts. However, this upcoming settlement might weigh heavily on Samsung as there is a good chance that Apple might want to include an anti-cloning provision.

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Samsung and Apple to attend mediation session next month

Samsung and Apple to attend mediation session next month

Perhaps Samsung and Apple have finally gotten tired of their never-ending legal bickering. Or perhaps each side just wants to see the other's playing cards. Whatever their respective reasons may be, the two have agreed to seek mediation on or before February 19.

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Google patents process for turning chats into comic strips

Google patents process for turning chats into comic strips

If you're a Bitstrips aficionado or a fan of flicking open an old-school newspaper funnies section, a patent Google has been awarded might be right up your alley: turning conversations into digital comic strips. The information turned up in a patent detailing a process that, in terms of the social element, at least, sounds very similar to the aforementioned Bitstrips: the ability to share on social networks, with at least two users being involved in the comic.

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Nokia beats down HTC with long arm of German patent court

Nokia beats down HTC with long arm of German patent court

HTC has lost another major battle in patent court, this time in Germany. Nokia prevailed in a quest to force HTC to stop selling Android-based smartphones in that country, including the company's flagship HTC One. The injunction is expected to be appealed.

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Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Rockstar consortium reportedly in talks to sell portion of Nortel patents

Following the long Nortel Networks patents saga from yester-year, Rockstar Consortium, which outbid other big players to grab the portfolio, sued Google, Samsung and others over alleged infringements. That hasn't been the end of recent dealing with the intellectual property, however, if sources that spoke to Bloomberg are correct, and it may be the collective has had second doubts about the value of purchase.

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Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple patents computer with extreme-angle projector, wireless charging

Apple has been bulk-granted 51 new patents, Patently Apple reports, and one of them is a computer with an extreme-angle projector built-in. The patent describes a "desk-free" computer wirelessly connected to all peripherals and using any available vertical surface as a display screen. The computer would, alas, require some presumably non-desk surface to sit on, dashing the hopes of gravity-defying computer aficionados everywhere.

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