Android's purveyor crossed a line when it sold arms to be used against Apple
U.S. patent No. 6,473,006, "a method and apparatus for zoomed display of characters entered from a telephone keypad," has a long and tangled history.
It was originally filed, according to FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller, by a company called Phone-com, which assigned it to Openwave, which sold it to Purple Labs, which sold it to Myriad, which sold it to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 8, 2011 10:58 AM ET
The world's No. 1 maker of Android devices is feeling the heat on two fronts
Samsung suffered a pair of setbacks last week, although whether they are substantive or superficial remains to be seen. One called into question its impressive sales figures, the other its legal right to sell devices that bear such a striking resemblance to Apple's (AAPL) iPhones and iPads.
Shipments vs. Sales. Samsung made headlines last year when it announced MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Sep 4, 2011 6:27 AM ET
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Horace Dediu -- the Harvard-trained analyst who writes the influential Asymco blog -- was studying the mobile phone market for Nokia (NOK) in 2005 when Google (GOOG) bought Android, primarily as a defense against the perceived threat that Microsoft (MSFT) was about to do to cellular telephony what it did to desktop computing.
The real threat, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 17, 2011 1:12 PM ET
Apple granted an injunction barring distribution in all of the EU except The Netherlands
A week after Samsung agreed out of court to postpone the launch of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, the leading manufacturer of tablets running Google's (GOOG) Android operating system has suffered a second major setback.
A court in Germany Tuesday granted Apple (AAPL) a preliminary injunction barring distribution of the device in the entire European Union except MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 9, 2011 1:02 PM ET
Steve Jobs claimed that Google "stole" this Apple innovation. Last week, the ITC agreed.
When an iPhone receives a message that contains a phone number or an address -- e-mail, Web or street -- those bits of data are automatically highlighted, underlined and turned into clickable links.
Click on the phone number, and the iPhone asks if you want to dial it. Click on the Web address, and it opens in Safari. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 16, 2011 7:45 AM ET
Google's Android operating system is the big loser as 6,000 patents fall into enemy hands
In the largest exchange of intellectual property rights in the Internet age, a powerhouse consortium led by Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) has agreed to buy from the bankrupt Nortel Corp. access to more than 6,000 patents covering key telecommunications technologies, from Internet services to wireless data networking.
The consortium, which includes Sony (SE), Research in Motion MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jul 1, 2011 5:55 AM ET
Apple and its main supplier of memory chips seem headed for "ugly divorce," says expert
The legal battle began in April when Apple (AAPL) filed a suit in California accusing Samsung of "slavishly" copying its iPhone and iPad designs has gone nuclear.
After trading suits and counter suits in several legal venues, from South Korea to the U.K., Samsung on Thursday took its case to the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 30, 2011 6:33 AM ET
Having overpowered the iPhone's design patents, Nokia likely now to go after Android
The settlement of its epic 20-month patent dispute with Apple (AAPL) that Nokia (NOK) announced early Tuesday could spell trouble for the makers of Android phones.
There's no question Apple lost the legal battle that pitted its significant intellectual property holdings against Nokia's even deeper patent portfolio. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but they require MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2011 5:56 AM ET
Samsung's countersuits were "swift and strong" says an expert
On Thursday, Samsung filed its fourth response to Apple's charge of "slavish" imitation: A suit in a California federal court alleging infringement by Apple (AAPL) of 10 Samsung communications patents.
"Samsung has mounted a swift and strong response to Apple's initiative," writes Foss Patent's Florian Mueller. "The speed with which Samsung responded to Apple's lawsuit in four different jurisdictions (in three of them MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 29, 2011 10:19 AM ET
Told Apple had not violated 5 of its patents, Nokia filed a complaint about 7 more
The strange, prolonged patent dispute between Apple (AAPL) and Nokia (NOK) took another bizarre twist Tuesday.
Four days after an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission in Washington made an initial determination that Apple was not -- as Nokia claimed -- in violation of five Nokia patents, the Finnish cellphone giant was back in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 29, 2011 8:28 AM ET
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