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Why is it that when Microsoft runs after other companies for patent issues, it does not surprise us at all? Microsoft recently went after Huawei demanding royalty payments for every Android handset sold by the manufacturer. Huawei is a fast-growing company and is among the many OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners of Microsoft,.  Huawei has confirmed that indeed Microsoft has contacted the company regarding patent infringement issues. For months now, Microsoft has been chasing OEM companies who have been selling phones and tablet PC’s utilizing the Android operating system. According to Microsoft, companies selling such gadgets are misusing Microsoft’s licensed…

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Amazon’s recently announced Android-based tablet named the Amazon Kindle Fire has not only attracted the attention of preordering customers but also of patent companies. Within just two weeks after Amazon debuted its 200-dollar Android tablet, SmartPhone Technologies LLC has already found the device allegedly infringing five patents that it owns. The lawsuit was filed in the Texas Eastern District Court last Friday. SmartPhone Technologies is a company owned by Acacia Research, which has been in the business of buying and licensing patents and has been contemptuously labeled as a patent troll by many in the industry. Amazon is not the…

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A one-of-a-kind love triangle is trying to bring the fruit-inspired tech company down. We all know how Apple started this legal battle against Samsung and the former recently filed an appeal to put off importation of such Android-powered Samsung phones into the US. Samsung was fortunate enough to get support from Verizon and T-Mobile. The two companies joined forces by seeking an adviser from the Federal Court for the Northern District of California and filed an appeal in relation to Samsung’s ongoing copyright claims. Even though both appeals were already accepted, the court’s response is yet to be determined. Apple…

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Google acquired 1,023 patents from International Business Machines (IBM) last August 17, but the fact was only made publicly known last September 13 (Tuesday) when the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) posted the records of the transaction. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Bloomberg today that the company did acquire new patents from IBM. The spokesperson, however, did not disclose other details such as the price. IBM representatives declined to comment either. Bill Slawski of SEO by the Sea blog notes that the new patents from IBM cover a broad area, including patents related to desktop and server hardware,…

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Google’s recent purchase of Motorola Mobility was quite a shock. The buyout changes a lot of things in terms of who’s holding what and what’s going to get made. Make no mistake, Google’s acquisition is a strategic move to position itself in the marketplace and we’ll be feeling the effects of this purchase for years to come. One of the prime reasons for Google’s purchase is to protect themselves from possible litigation that targets their Android platform and throw a monkey wrench at their competitor Apple’s plans. Throughout its history, Motorola managed to amass over 17,000 patents, but all Google…

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We all know that the patent issue has been getting worse lately for Google. Google needed to solve this quickly before it got out of hand, and it seems they’ve just found the perfect way not only to get their hands on a huge trove of mobile patents, but to also spearhead their way into becoming a hardware company. The acquisition is not cheap -$12.5 billion is a lot of money. But I think it’s all worth it. Here are some reasons why I think so: 1) Patents Motorola is the company that practically invented the phone. It has gotten…

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This photo frame was launched by Samsung in 2006, and if you wouldn’t know better, you’d probably think it’s an iPad, or at least a tablet that strongly resembles it. But wait a minute. If this product came out in 2006 – does that mean it’s this product that looks like an iPad, or is it the iPad that looks like this product? Does that mean Apple copied Samsung’s innovation? Should Samsung ask for injunctions on iPads all over the world now because it has the same “look and feel” as their photo frame? Granted, they are not in the…