Mobile Device Bits: Oracle, Nokia Patents; Lenovo; Notebooks Still Strong


Oracle v. Google: Android device makers LG (SEO: 066570), Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Samsung could be feeling some legal heat soon. They have been accused of distributing Java code that is licensed to Oracle as a result of its purchase of Sun. It is not clear yet if that code has been used in handsets as well, or if it has just been distributed to developers as part of a wider distribution of Google’s open source Android code. The accusation was first brought up by “intellectual property activist” and blogger Florian Mueller, and builds on from a formal lawsuit raised by Oracle against Google (NSDQ: GOOG) in August 2010. (via FOSS Patents)

IPCom v. Nokia: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has successfully won an appeals court ruling that makes two mobile patents from IPCom invalid. The appeal upholds a case that was originally decided in Nokia’s favor in January 2010, which Germany-based IP property holder IPCom was allowed to appeal. The original suit from IPCom involved 45 different cellular patents, and if successful IPCom had been asking for $16.2 billion (€12 billion) in damages, or five percent of Nokia’s mobile sales in countries covered by the patents over the last twenty years. (via Cellular News, Bloomberg)

Lenovo: Is there room for another mobile device maker developing Android-based handsets? PC maker Lenovo has set up a new division, the Mobile Internet and Digital Home Business Group, to sharpen its focus on mobile handsets and other wireless products like tablets. This is an expansion rather than a new business: Lenovo has been making handsets for some years now and has a strong presence in China, where it launched its first Android-based smartphone, the LePhone, earlier this month. The new division will be run by Liu Jun, formerly senior vice president and president of Lenovo’s Product Group; he will remain based at Lenovo’s HQ in Beijing. (Release)

Notebooks: Companies that have been traditionally strong in notebooks, like Lenovo, may be looking to capitalise on that market share (or hedge its bets) by moving into mobile devices, but otherwise the notebook market is still looking rather robust. According to figures from the analyst house GfK, in the UK in Q4 2010, sales of notebooks were up by 12 percent in value and five percent in volume compared to the same period in 2009 — equal to an additional 70,000 units. (via email)

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