$900 Million for Nortel's patents could put some of its patent questions to an end.
Google (GOOG) and its Android partners are, like the rest of the industry, engulfed in patent disputes from Oracle (ORCL), Nokia (NOK) Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and others over Android, and to lesser degree, Chrome.
As a younger company with only a relatively recent focus on mobile communications, Google has a shallow patent pool from which to MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 4, 2011 5:34 PM 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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"Kodak Wins a Round in $1 Billion Apple, RIM Patent Dispute" -- Bloomberg News
Traders were pretty quick to cash in on that headline. Kodak's (EK) battered stock opened Friday at $3.30 a share and jumped nearly 25% to $4.12 in after-hours trading, as if those $1 billion were already in Kodak's pocket.
But MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 26, 2011 6:32 AM ET
A stunning decision in a Microsoft patent infringement case may have made patent royalties more fair, but also made them much more unpredictable.
By Russell L. Parr and George Hovanec , guest contributors
A January decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit had a sweeping effect: it dropped the value of US patents. Just how much the value has been reduced, overall, is not yet known. Part of the MOREMar 23, 2011 2:40 PM ET
A simple patent dispute has escalated into a legal contest of Dickensian complexity
In Oct. 2009, when Nokia (NOK) first complained in a U.S. federal court that Apple (AAPL) had infringed on 10 of its telecommunications patents, the case could be summarized in a fairly simple chart like the one at right created by FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller.
Fourteen months later, that relatively straightforward patent dispute has escalated through suits and countersuits MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 27, 2010 10:13 AM ET
Nokia, Motorola and RIM unlikely to let Nortel's intellectual property go without a fight
In a note to clients issued Tuesday, J.P. Morgan's data networking team smelled danger in Monday's report that Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) have bid on part of the patent portfolio being auctioned off in the wake of Nortel Networks' January 2009 bankruptcy.
There are more than 4,000 patents at stake, organized into six "buckets" by related technologies, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 14, 2010 1:48 PM ET
Ten patents published last week show how hard it's working on fixing your snapshots
Apple (AAPL) files a ton of patents, and you never know when one is published whether the technology covered will ever see the light of day. But the filings do tell you a lot about where the company is focusing its R&D efforts.
That's what makes the flurry of imaging-related patents published last week -- and summarized in MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2010 7:16 AM ET
A high-tech patent expert has reduced the legal disputes to a 13-part timeline
With the exception of the patent attorneys at each of the litigant's firms, there may be nobody who has followed the legal battles surrounding Apple's (AAPL) iOS and Google's (GOOG) Android better than Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents.
On Friday, Mueller published a long post summarizing the 42 patents-in-suit between Apple and Motorola (MOT) in several venues, from the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2010 12:49 PM ET
The USPTO today awarded Google a patent for what looks like Google Instant Search.
Google has been thinking about Instant for a while it seems. United States Patent 7836044 covers Anticipated query generation and processing in a search engine and was filed in June of 2004. It is described as:
A search system monitors the input of a search query by a user. Before the user finishes entering the search query, the MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 16, 2010 4:03 PM ET
Reports of a big win for Nokia in its patent fight with Apple may be premature.
Florian Mueller, who has forgotten more about high-tech patents than most of us will ever know, says we should take with a grain of salt what Bloomberg, Reuters and the IDG News Service are reporting about Apple vs. Nokia, the patent trial that opened Monday before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington.
The ITC staff MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 4, 2010 10:57 AM ET
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