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Apple struggles to overturn HTC’s LTE patents

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by on September 7, 2012 6:20 am
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An ITC judge has indicated that Apple is unlikely to get HTC’s 4G LTE patents invalidated. HTC is threatening to apply for an import ban on the new iPhone and iPad, assuming they support LTE, in an attempt to get Apple to settle its other patent infringement suits against HTC.

One rotten Apple spoils the smartphone market

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by on August 30, 2012 1:03 pm
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Apple is the most valuable company in the world, and yet it is using patent litigation to bully its competitors. Are the huge profits justified? Can Apple stay on top as goodwill for the company dissolves?

Samsung will fight on against Apple

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by on August 30, 2012 7:27 am
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Samsung has vowed to use “all necessary measures” in its fight against Apple. The South Korean company will do everything it can to side step the sales bans that Apple is pushing for on a number of its devices.

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In a very ironical twist of events, it seems that Samsung sales in the US (particularly sales of the S3) have been boosted in the wake of the trial’s verdict, while Apple sales have plummeted. According to Trip Chowdhry, managing director at Global Equities Research, customers across the States “rushed” to buy Sammy’s flagship device in this past week.

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It looks as if at least 8 devices have been put on the banned list courtesy of Apple. On Dec 6th, the ongoing saga between Samsung and Apple should come to a close. This gives time for Samsung to catch their breath ad draw up a new game plan. In doing that, it also delays the effects of Apple’s stupendous legal victory.

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“Patent wars are not helpful to consumers,” says Pablo Chavez, director of Public Policy at Google, at a recently-held Technology Policy Institute conference. But given the timing of the recent Motorola Mobility offensive against Apple at the ITC, is Google sending the right signals?

Someday, this idea will be worth millions! (Photo credit: Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

Patent experts and industry observers would usually say that the current patent situation in the U.S. may be stifling to innovation. With patent lawsuits flying across borders, corporations and brands, do current patent laws encourage innovation, or has the fear of litigation caused companies to design “ugly hacks” just to avoid lawsuits?