• iPhone vs. the world: Four Apple patents shot down by staff, 24 to go

    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 MORE

    - Nov 4, 2010 10:57 AM ET
  • Who's suing whom: Apple vs. Motorola edition

    The social graph of telecom litigants just got a little more convoluted

    With thanks and apologies to, whose lovely graphic we've updated to put Apple's (AAPL) countersuit against Motorola (MOT) late Friday into context.

    Note, as David McCandless and James Key pointed out three weeks ago when they posted the original, that the companies whose revenues are shrinking tend to launch more lawsuits than those that are growing.

    See also:

    Who is suing whom

    [Follow MORE

    - Oct 31, 2010 8:18 AM ET
  • HTC counter-sues Apple

    Asks the U.S. to halt the importation and sale of all iPhones, iPads and iPods

    Making its first formal response to a pair of Apple patent infringement suits, Taiwan's HTC Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday charging Apple (AAPL) with violating five of its patents.

    "As the innovator of the original Windows Mobile PocketPC Phone Edition in 2002 and the first Android smartphone in 2008, HTC MORE

    - May 12, 2010 1:34 PM ET
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  • Apple granted 16 new patents

    Including patents for video iChat, virtual keyboard and multi-touch error compensation

    Apple (AAPL) just added more than a dozen warheads to its stockpile of intellectual property holdings.

    On Wednesday, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office published 16 newly granted Apple patents, including some that have been pending for more than seven years and several that would seem to apply to the iPad.

    Patently Apple has the story, including patent numbers and a link MORE

    - Apr 7, 2010 11:09 AM ET
  • HTC hits Apple with wet noodles

    Answers charges of patent "theft" with a polite press release and a Google e-mail address

    Two weeks after Apple (AAPL) filed a pair of lawsuits against HTC for allegedly infringing on 20 iPhone-related patents, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer broke its silence. In a series of press interviews and a statement released early Thursday morning, it said:

    HTC advocates intellectual property protection
    It has always respected other innovators' technologies and will continue to do MORE

    - Mar 18, 2010 11:10 AM ET
  • How Apple's 3D tablet might work

    An obscure patent by three Frenchmen describes a new way of controlling touchscreens

    With speculation about the Apple (AAPL) tablet computer rising to a fever pitch, Gus Sentementes at the Baltimore Sun has scored what may be an important scoop.

    He's put his hands on a patent filing, recently assigned to Apple, that describes in detail a graphical user interface "for navigating three-dimensional virtual spaces and manipulating three-dimensional objects in the virtual MORE

    - Jan 5, 2010 5:22 AM ET
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  • Published: The mother of all iPhone patents

    Last Thursday, a week and a half before the expected unveiling of iPhone version 2.0, Apple (AAPL) published a 371-page patent that describes virtually every aspect of version 1.0 -- and adds a few wrinkles we haven't seen before. You can download it here.

    Alden Malley at AppleInsider has done a pretty good job of teasing out the details in the patent that aren't offered in the current iPhone, items that MORE

    - Jun 3, 2008 8:06 AM ET
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