FORTUNE -- It was Google (GOOG) against the world last month, as it fought and lost patent battles directly or by proxy with Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Nokia (NOK), HTC and ZTE. "Google shoot blanks in smartphone patent wars," wrote Thomson Reuters' Reynolds Holding. Or as The Verge's Nilay Patel put it: "Does anyone know why Google bought Motorola?"
FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller has been keeping score, and by his count Google's Android and its standards-essential-patent (SEP)-heavy Motorola subsidiary suffered seven major defeats in April, two medium losses, two medium wins and one minor slow-down:
DISCLOSURE: Although I've always found his legal reporting to be fair and accurate, it should be noted that Mueller does paid consulting work for Microsoft and Oracle (ORCL), both of which have faced off against Google in patent court.
How could the press get the effect of a judge's high-profile ruling so wrong?
FORTUNE -- When Judge Lucy Koh last month ordered a new trial to determine the proper damage award for 14 of the 28 Samsung devices found by a jury last summer to have infringed Apple (AAPL) patents, nearly every reporter covering story followed Reuters' lead:
"Apple had a major setback in its ongoing mobile patents battle with Samsung Electronics MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 1, 2013 6:35 AM ET
If it gets its way, the jury will hear no talk of Apple waging thermonuclear war on Android
FORTUNE -- FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller has been reading through the motions Apple (AAPL) and Samsung filed in advance of their upcoming patent trial in the Northern District of California and has come across a few interesting tidbits.
Both sides want to exclude some of the things that have been written about them.
Samsung doesn't want MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 1, 2012 10:53 AM ET
Ordered to meet on 5/21-22. But with more than 50 cases pending, it's probably too early
FORTUNE -- Tim Cook seemed to be putting some distance between himself and Steve Jobs during Tuesday's conference call when he was asked about Apple's (AAPL) flexibility in its ongoing patent disputes with the makers of Google (GOOG) Android phones.
"I've always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it," he replied. "We just want people MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 28, 2012 10:58 AM ET
Motorola Mobility (and Google) give Cupertino a taste of its own patent medicine
Following a loss three weeks ago in Germany's Mannheim Regional Court, Apple (AAPL) late Thursday informed German iPhone customers that e-mail would no longer be "pushed" to their phones -- BlackBerry style -- through their iCloud or MobileMe services.
Pending Apple's appeal, which could take months, iPhone users in Germany will have to retrieve their e-mail the old-fashioned way: by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 24, 2012 7:15 AM ET
Seeks billions in damages and an injunction against the flagship Android 4.0 phone
One measure of how quickly events are unfolding in the smartphone patent wars is the number of typos appearing in Florian Mueller's FOSS Patents dispatches. The German-born blogger's coverage of the "thermonuclear war" Steve Jobs promised to unleash against Google's (GOOG) Android operating system are closely read by all sides in the cross-continental disputes, and lately he's hardly had MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 12, 2012 3:42 AM ET
It's not enough that Google borrowed the phone's look and feel to make Android?
It took a Techmeme news cycle for the import of Google's (GOOG) letter to the IEEE -- the nonprofit organization that sets technical standards for everything from AC/DC converters to Wi-Fi networks -- to sink in.
Early reports praised the company for joining Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) in their calls for adherence to the "fair, reasonable and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 9, 2012 6:02 AM ET
Apple forced to pull older iPhones off its online store, faces an injunction on push e-mail
UPDATE: Sales of Apple's iPhones resumed Friday. See here.
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It was a crazy day for Apple (AAPL) in Germany.
First it removed the iPhone 4 and 3GS from its German online store -- the first time, as far as we know, that the company has been forced to stop selling a product because of alleged MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 3, 2012 10:56 AM ET
HTC was forced to drop one feature. Motorola may have to drop another. More to come.
Many commentators took at face value HTC's declaration of "an actual victory" after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that it had infringed Apple's (AAPL) patent on software that allowed a user to dial a number embedded in an e-mail simply by clicking on it. That particular feature was only one of 10 patents Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 23, 2011 6:58 AM ET
Shares of HTC are down sharply in advance of a ruling on a key Apple patent suit
HTC shipped more than 5.7 million smartphones to the U.S. last quarter, according to Canalys, beating out Samsung and Apple to become the country's leading smartphone vendor.
So there's a lot at stake for the giant Taiwanese phone maker -- and indeed for the manufacturers of all Google (GOOG) Android phones -- in the ruling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2011 7:41 AM ET
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