Post Tagged with: "Patents"

Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells off Smartphone Patents

The Rockstar Consortium has agreed to sell about 4,000 smartphone and other technology patents to RPX Clearinghouse for $900 million. Rockstar, which is made up of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, purchased the patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. RPX announced in a press release that it plans [...]

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Apple and Samsung End International Patent Litigation

Apple and Samsung are ending their international patent disputes. The two leading smartphone makers said in a statement that they have reached an agreement to drop all patent litigation outside the U.S. It’s a significant shift considering the companies have fought everywhere from the UK to Japan, though both Apple and Samsung said that the [...]

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Apple and Samsung Resume Peace Talks

Apple and Samsung are giving peace another chance. The two companies have “resumed working-level discussions” with the focus being on “how to dismiss all lawsuits,” according to a report from the Korea Times. Though Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement in the past, the situation is apparently improved by a recent court [...]

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Apple and Samsung Found to Infringe on Each Other’s Patents

The jury has given its decision in the latest courtroom spat between Apple and Samsung and it’s a mixed bag. While both companies were found to have infringed on some of each other’s patents, the damages awarded to each side differed considerably. Apple had the bigger victory and was awarded $119.6 million in damages, though [...]

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Apple Request for Permanent Ban of Samsung Devices Denied

The patent wars between Apple and Samsung continue. In the latest skirmish, Apple sought to have 23 Samsung devices permanently banned on the grounds that they infringed on its patents. However, that request was denied by Judge Lucy Koh, who has overseen many of these court battles, who ruled that Apple had not established that [...]

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Apple and Samsung Reportedly Fail to Reach Patent Agreement

Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly met with Samsung mobile chief JK Shin last week in an attempt to reach an agreement that would bring the companies’ patent battles to an end. Unsurprisingly, given how relations between Apple and Samsung have been so far, it seems that no agreement was reached. Neither company has admitted to [...]

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Samsung and Cisco Agree to Share Patents and Avoid Lawsuits

After several recent courtroom losses against Apple, Samsung seems to be getting tired of litigation. The company has signed an agreement with Cisco Systems to cross-license each other’s patents, thereby avoiding the possibility of future lawsuits. This is the third such deal for Samsung, which also recently signed agreements with Google and Ericsson. The cross-licensing [...]

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Twitter Buys 900 IBM Patents to Avoid Potential Lawsuit

If you can’t beat them, license their patents. Twitter seems to have taken that saying to heart, as the company has acquired over 900 patents from IBM. The two companies also announced that they have entered into a cross-licensing agreement on their patents. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The agreement puts [...]

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Samsung and Google Sign Patent Licensing Deal

Samsung and Google have signed a broad deal to cross-license their patents to each other. The deal covers both existing patents and new ones filed in the next 10 years. With the agreement, the two companies are set to work together on future research and the development of new products, while reducing the chances of [...]

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Samsung and Apple Reportedly in Talks to End Patent Lawsuits

Could the new year finally see the hostilities between Samsung and Apple come to an end? The two companies are apparently holding discussions regarding a deal that would end ongoing litigation between them, according to a report by the Korea Times which cites an official at the Korea Fair Trade commission. The official said that [...]

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