Currently, patent trolling is a legitimate way to make a living in some countries. Exploiting the patent system for profit has become so outrageous that Apple, and its rival Google, have teamed up to ask the courts sot put an end to companies that exist for no other reason than to extract value from patents. In a letter to the FTC, Apple spills the details on just how many times its been sued over patents in the last three years, as well as its success rates for cases.
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An Australian court has heard that Apple has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a case that alleges that Apple misled consumers over the new iPad's ability to connect to fourth-generation cellular networks in Australia.
From The Wall Street Journal:
[quote]federal court in Melbourne heard Friday that Apple had agreed to pay A$2.25 million to settle a case brought against it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The company also has agreed to pay the commission's costs of A$300,000, commission lawyer Colin Golvan told the court. The judge ... more
It looks like the fat fingerers among us are in for some good news. aplestore.com, once home of many ads, has been ordered to be turned over to Apple, Inc.
Andrew Allemann, DNW:
[quote]Apple has won a dispute over the domain name aplestore.com as a World Intellectual Property Organization panel ordered the domain name transferred to the iPhone maker[…] Other domains it has filed cases against this year that resulted in the domain owners merely handing over the goods include applle.com, applecom.com, and appleprinters.com. The company currently has cases pending ... more
The big boys have decided that it's time to play nice on the playground. Both Apple and Samsung have dropped a large number of their infringment claims and narrowed their complaints quite substantially. But, it's not all fun and games; the companies are still arguing about whether or not Samsung blatantly ripped off Apple. Go figure.
From FOSS Patents:
[quote]Late on Monday by local time, Apple made a filing in its first California litigation with Samsung that offers a truly impressive narrowing of its infringement claims in that action, roughly ... more
The United States Department of Justice has just approved Nortel's patent sale, worth $4.5 billion, to Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Sony, and Ericsson. The consortium, going by the name Rockstar Consortium, released a statement to the press today:
[quote]The US Department of Justice waiting period for review of Rockstar's acquisition of a substantial majority of the former Nortel Networks patent portfolio, has expired and the company is free to consummate the acquisition. The portfolio consists of approximately 4,000 patent assets related to a broad array of networking, communications, and internet ... more
Oh, patents, you never stop slowing down innovation. Jeff Roberts at Paid Content is reporting that a Florida company called PanoMap is claiming that both Apple and Google are violating its patent with the implementation of Street View.
[quote]PanoMap claims that both Apple and Google should pay triple damages because they knew about the patent but ignored it. As proof, the company claims that Apple visited a website that displayed the patent in 2007 while Google cited the ‘529 patent in a recent patent application of its own. Although Google and ... more
Sorry, Motorola, the court doesn't want to hear any more of your complaints about standard-essential patent violations, and in particular they don't want to hear any more of your complaints about Apple. The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court in Germany has decided to bar Motorola (MMI) from abusing FRAND legislations, and as a result Motorola's attempts at having Apple's iPhone and iPad production halted are on hold.
According to FOSS Patents:
[quote]While today's decision is only a summary and preliminary decision that MMI could overturn during the course of the full-blown ... more
It looks like Apple's now potentially in legal trouble in China due to trademark infringement claims by Proview Technology Shenzehen. According to the company, and a report in ChinaDaily, Proview Technology Shenzhen claims that Apple's iPad violates trademarks owned by the company (the naming rights to iPad), and they're looking to fine Apple $38 million dollars, as well as have the iPad removed from store shelves in China. Proview also wants an apology from Apple.
Apparently this isn't the first punch thrown in this fight either. Last year ... more
File this report in the "This is cool, but you still won't be getting Siri on your iPhone 4 any time soon" folder. After the release of iOS 5.0.1, previously encrypted files involving Siri are no longer encrypted. This will, supposedly, make the legal aspect of "hackers" releasing an iPhone 4 version of Siri less dire. I'm no legal expert, but I'll assume that the people putting their necks in the line of fire from Apple's legal council will have done the due diligence regarding the legalities.
Even if the legal ... more