A company called Ultramercial has for years claimed that a monopoly over an “invention” for showing pre-roll ads on the internet, and sued the likes of Hulu and YouTube for royalty payments.
Two law professors used a supercomputer to analyze patent applications against a database of examiner records and found that not only do grant rates increase with pay rates, but rejections for obviousness drop off sharply.
The appeals court responsible for America’s troubled patent system already has a poor reputation. News that its top judge is endorsing lawyers won’t improve that. The controversy suggests it’s time to close the court.
Sound, fury and legal bills — after three trials, the patent battle between Apple and Samsung has changed nothing. It’s time for the companies to declare a peace.
A closer look at Google’s purchase and sale of Motorola shows the final price of the deal was around $4 billion for a big patent portfolio. That’s a reasonable price to pay in the face of a unreasonable patent system.
The United States is already struggling to reform an overgrown patent system. But now the President has signed a law that will make it easier to obtain patents in shapes and other designs.
John McCain and Ron Wyden are among the dozens of congresspeople people from Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico lobbying the ITC against harming the economy by banning the import of computers containing some of Intel’s most-popular processors. But saving the IT economy goes beyond patents.
Apple won a small victory in Germany on Tuesday as the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court upheld its injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. In the meantime, the European Union is putting Samsung’s recent patent claims under a regulatory microscope with a full-scale investigation.
Samsung suffered another reversal in its patent battle with Apple on Friday morning, as the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany dismissed the Korean company’s second patent complaint related to 3G/UMTS technology. Last week, the same court rejected another similar Samsung complaint about 3G tech.
On the scale of surprises, the news that British Telecom has become the latest technology company to sue Google is not at the high end. The number of Android lawsuits is so large that real question won’t be about who’s suing Google — but who isn’t.
Apple’s battle with Samsung over tablet patents may have had a positive effect on Samsung’s profile, at least in some markets. Samsung Australia is saying that’s exactly what happened down under following the reversal of a ban against sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The injunction previously won by Apple in Australia against the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab has been overturned Tuesday as the result of a Federal Court appeal. The temporary injunction was unanimously ruled against by the court’s panel of judges, and will end Friday.
Apple has made a change to the scope of its lawsuit against Amazon regarding its “App Store” trademark says CNET, addressing claims made in recent advertisements for the online retailer’s new Kindle Fire Android-based tablet. Amazon’s marketing threatens the App Store brand, says Apple.
On Friday, Motorola Mobility was granted a preliminary injunction against Apple by a German court, but despite that victory, it’s business as usual for the iPhone maker in Germany as of Monday. Apple’s retail and online stores are still selling the company’s entire range of products.
The legal battle Apple is waging against Android could become one of Steve Jobs’ most influential legacies, and a new statement from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) supporting Apple’s stance might prove a key victory for the company in that ongoing fight.
In the Netherlands, a court on Friday dismissed injunctions against Dutch sales of the iPhone and 3G iPad requested by Samsung. The requests were denied because the court found that license offered by Samsung to Apple for the patents in question could not be considered reasonable.
A victory for Apple in its ongoing patent infringement battle with Samsung in Australia could have far-reaching implications. It prevents Samsung from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia until further notice, and could eventually affect the sale of any new Android device in the country.
Samsung will have to cool its heels in Australia a little longer with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, as a ruling regarding a preliminary injunction requested by Apple for that device will come next week, at the earliest, after proceedings wrapped up earlier this week.
In a hearing in Australia to determine whether Apple can secure a preliminary injunction to stop the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet ahead of a patent infringement case between the two companies, Samsung’s attempt at a peace offering was rejected.
Friday marked the final day this week for a hearing in Australia over touch-screen patents held by Apple and allegedly infringed upon by Samsung. Samsung apparently took a very conciliatory approach to ending the injunction before it begins, offering Apple a proposal to resolve the dispute.
Apple and Samsung clashed in a second day of hearings in an Australian court Thursday. Apple’s lawyers revealed that Steve Jobs attempted personally to avoid a legal battle between the two companies, and Samsung made a concession that could lead to hardware design compromises.
A hearing Monday saw Samsung argue that it has the right to pursue an injunction of Apple products in the Netherlands, while Apple claims that Samsung is overstepping its boundaries regarding its mobile wireless patents in an attempt to derail the launch of upcoming products.
Samsung made comments early Friday about going on the offensive with its ongoing patent dispute with Apple, and it appears to be backing that up with a new request today for a Dutch ban on the sale of Apple smartphones and tablets.
Apple was granted new ammunition with which to fight the rampant counterfeiting of its products that is an ongoing problem in China. It was granted 40 patents in China, according to a new report Wednesday. The patents mostly cover aspects of its mobile phones.
Samsung has officially fired back at Apple in Australia, filing a cross claim today with the Federal Court of the country. The claim says that Apple’s iPhone and iPad infringe upon seven wireless patents held by Samsung, and seeks to invalidate some of Apple’s patents.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be a rare sight in Germany for at least two more months, and probably a lot longer, thanks to a ruling on Friday by the court trying the patent infringement case between Apple and the Korean firm in that country.
If Apple wants to bar sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, it might have to produce numbers that show such an action is necessary, said Sydney Federal Court judge Annabelle Bennett on Monday. That could be very good news for Samsung.
Apple has won another victory in the legal battle with Samsung around smartphones and tablets, which spans 12 courts in nine countries. This one comes in California regarding a request for an expedited trial, shortly after another ruling went its way Thursday in a German court.
Apple has won a preliminary injunction in a Dutch court on Wednesday which prevents the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones in the Netherlands, and could affect sales across the E.U. It’s a clear sign that Samsung’s patent headaches won’t be limited to tablet devices.
Google could hold more patents than Apple, according to intellectual property investment bank MDB group. On paper at least, it looks like it could put Google and Apple on equal legal footing. But in reality, there are a few reasons why that won’t happen.
After nearly two years of accusations over patent infringement, Nokia and Apple have signed a peace accord. But rather than end the rash of patent lawsuits across the mobile industry, the deal could send the Finnish company on the warpath.
Dish and EchoStar have finally given up fighting against TiVo in the long-running dispute over DVR patents. After a court found Dish would have to replace its customers’ set-top boxes, the satellite TV provider decided it would be cheaper to license TiVo’s intellectual property instead.
A ruling today on whether or not Apple and RIM violated a patent held by Kodak could add more than $1 billion in revenue to the camera company’s bottom line. It’s a decision that could have a significant impact on the company’s future.