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
Asks permission to intervene in patent infringement suits against its smaller developers
"Apple Inc. hereby respectfully moves to intervene as a defendant and counterclaim plaintiff in the above-captioned action brought by plaintiff Lodsys, LLC against seven software application developers for allegedly infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 7,222,078 and 7,620,565. Apple seeks to intervene because it is expressly licensed to provide to the Developers products and services that embody the patents in suit, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 10, 2011 7:45 AM ET
The company that has been trying to extract tribute from app developers had better lawyer-up
In a contest between Apple's (AAPL) legal staff and Lodsys, the tiny Texas-based holding company that has been ordering iPhone developers to pay for technology Apple had already licensed, we'd put our money on team Cupertino.
"Apple is undisputedly licensed to these patents and the App Makers are protected by that license," wrote Apple general counsel Bruce MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 23, 2011 4:28 PM ET
Lodsys' attack on Apple's App Store business model has reached an A-list developer
On Friday, a small Texas company called Lodsys whose key asset seems to be four heavily licensed patents covering, among other things, in-app purchases, began sending patent-infringement letters to a handful of the 40,000 developers trying to make a living selling applications in Apple's (AAPL) crowded App Store.
Even though Apple has licensed the technologies at issue, Lodsys CEO MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 17, 2011 11:21 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
$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
Winning a skirmish at the ITC is not the same as winning a war. Apple vs. Nokia take note.
"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
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