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Google’s Android in the clear as judge says Oracle Java APIs elements not copyrightable

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Google’s Android mobile operating system is being targeted by various competing companies in different patent-based lawsuits, with Oracle being one of them. But it looks like Google managed to score one more important victory in this particular legal battle, in a lawsuit we have been following for quite some time. Judge William Alsup ruled yesterday that Oracle Java APIs elements are not copyrightable, which means Android is in the clear and Oracle is not likely to see the big payout it was hoping for. This is the second important victory for Google in a matter of days, as only last…

Prepare the popcorn – Samsung-Apple talks hit a dead-end, trial to start in July

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If months of negotiations couldn’t do the trick, it’s rather a far fetched hope to think that the legal tussle between Apple and Samsung can be resolved in two days. So it’s not really surprising to see that the mediation talks between the two tech giants, ordered by the court, have failed to bring an agreement. As reported by the Korea Times, a Samsung official said that the two competing execs couldn’t sort out their legal differences in an amicable way. Despite the ongoing saga of suing and countersuing, Samsung and Apple are very much in a love-hate relationship. On one…

The verdict is out: Google found not guilty in patent trial with Oracle, copyright battle to continue

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After what was called “the longest civil trial that I’ve ever been in” by the lawsuit’s judge himself, Google has been found not to infringe on Oracle’s patents by a jury in San Francisco. The ruling sees Google win a major battle in the monstrous legal fight against Oracle, but the war is still far from finished. The jury needed over a week to deliberate on the patent infringement claims, but, in the end, ruled that Oracle “has not proven by a preponderance of the evidence” that Google infringes claims 11, 27, 29, 39, 40 and 41 of United States Patent Number RE38,104…

Patent battlefield overview – Check out who’s suing your favorite tech firm [Infographic]

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We won’t blame you if you’re not quite up to speed on who’s suing who for patent infringements these days. Just look at the Infographic on patent battlefield of tech IP that Visual.ly created. It’s quite a tangled mess, isn’t it? For whatever reasons companies are fighting over intellectual property, customers are the ones who usually have to bear the brunt, with devices being delayed or their prices going up. And things will only get worse, since the patent war isn’t ending anytime soon. Though it might be out of our hands, at least we have the graphic below to clear…

Samsung and Apple mediation to start today. Will the two giants agree on cross-licensing?

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While Google and Oracle are still fiercely battling it out in court in a patent infringement war whose outcome is almost impossible to predict, the Apple vs Samsung clash is about to enter a new phase. The mediation stage will start today, as it was scheduled for around three weeks, and is set to end tomorrow, hopefully with some sort of truce. For those of you who’ve been living under a very isolated rock for a while, we should tell you that the two biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world have been on a suing spree for the last couple…

The HTC One X debacle: winners and losers

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On Tuesday, news broke that US Customs had blocked imports of the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE, effectively preventing HTC’s flagships from reaching American customers. The embargo was enforced due to an exclusion order by the International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC ruled back in December that HTC’s Android devices infringe on two of Apple’s patents, but gave the Taiwanese a respite until April 19 to remove the infringing features. Although HTC claims that both the HTC One X and the EVO 4G LTE are now free of the infringing feature, it seems that the US…

Motorola infringes Microsoft’s patent on ActiveSync, may face import bans in the US

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If you can’t beat your competitor, sue them for copyright infringement and have the court ban their products from entering the market! That seems to be the strategy that tech companies are using against each other with varying degrees of success. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win – and sometimes there’s no clear winner at all. The latest patent battle between Motorola and Microsoft seems to favor the latter for now. According to yesterday’s ruling by the International Trade Commission, Motorola was found to have violated one of Microsoft’s patents related to ActiveSync technology. The consequence of losing is that…

Apple, what have you done? Nokia files patent lawsuits against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

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Just when we started to hope that the longstanding legal battle between Apple and Samsung might reach a “friendly” end, another (former) important player in the smartphone market announced the start of what could be an even more epic patent war. Nokia, who just a year ago was the number one smartphone manufacturer in the world, but quickly dropped to third place behind Apple and Samsung, has set its sights on more “modest” targets. That’s right, targets, as in plural, because the Finnish have filed a total of 11 lawsuits in the US and Germany against HTC, RIM, and Viewsonic, covering…

Microsoft adds new scalp to its Android licensee collection

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You might know that Microsoft is the owner of several important mobile-related patents, and that the Redmond giant has never been afraid to use said patents to squeeze some bucks from… well, everyone in sight. That’s the bad news. The good news is Microsoft, unlike another iconic company, is willing to talk before shooting, although some would replace “talk” with “extort the living  daylights”. As a result, many Android manufacturers (supposedly infringing MS’ patents) have entered licensing agreements with Steve Ballmer’s company, which sees them paying a fixed amount per device sold, in exchange for some legal peace of mind….

Samsung and Apple CEOs to meet and participate in ‘settlement negotiations’

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Although I’m sure most of you know this by now, the corporate world is definitely not one bound to the rules of common sense. One of the numerous examples on the topic is ongoing patent dispute between the number one and number two smartphone manufacturers in the world, a litigation that continues despite the fact that Apple is currently one of Samsung’s biggest clients. According to recent rumors, the South Korean giant manufactures $8 billion worth of various components that end up inside the iPhone and the iPad, the two best selling (and most profitable overpriced) Apple devices. Meanwhile, Apple…