Let’s face it. The proprietary UIs used by manufacturers to customize the Android OS, such as HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz, haven’t been the most popular ideas with users. Granted, overlays provide a way for the device manufacturer to stand out. But things have only been getting slightly better now, with the more streamlined HTC Sense 4.0 and Samsung TouchWiz Nature UX.
Luckily, the open-source nature of Android means that there are ways to get around the manufacturers intrusions into the Android experience. That of course doesn’t mean that OEMs will stop tweaking their products, in the hope that consumers will one day find their overlays [...]
The legal battle between Apple and HTC is getting more and more complicated, as the two companies are filing more attacks against each other. Just yesterday, we talked about HTC’s defense against Apple’s most recent complaint with the ITC (the iPhone maker has three such lawsuits against HTC), with the Taiwanese company saying that Apple needs a whole new lawsuit in case it wants to obtain an import ban against 29 HTC devices including the HTC One X and the HTC EVO 4G LTE.
But HTC also has itself two ITC actions against Apple, and we have recently reported on the second one, as the ITC decided not to allow HTC to use five of the eight [...]
Intel has seen the chaos created by the patents wars in the mobile world, so it seems that, instead of waiting to get burned like the others got, they decided to prepare ahead, by building a competitive patent arsenal.
Intel is purchasing 1,700 patents related to Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE technologies, from Interdigital, a company from which Google recently bought some patents as well. Intel paid $375 million for the whole bunch, which seems like a low price, considering that recently, 1,000 mobile related patents went for $1 billion.
Intel is no stranger to developing wireless technologies. They’ve been pushing Wi-Fi since its inception with their Centrino [...]
It wasn’t too long ago that quite a few market watchers thought the trial between Oracle and Google will be the end of Android. There’s little to zero chance for anyone to still believe that now, since Google won most of the trial and all the important issues, like the APIs copyrighting issue or the patent infringement allegations.
One of the little things that Google did lose on are those, by now famous, 9 lines of code that were written by a Google employee back when he was working for Sun, and that he thought he could reuse in Android. Still, it was only 9 lines of code out of 15 million, so, as you can imagine, the potential damages that [...]
The Apple vs Samsung legal conflict is one of the most important patent-based battles in the mobile business considering the players involved. Apple and Samsung are also contending the number one position in the smartphone business, where Samsung is currently king when looking at the total number of shipped devices in the first quarter of the year, but where Apple is making the most profits during the same period.
Since Apple and Samsung top executives were not able to settle their differences and put a stop to the conflict that spans across four continents and ten countries, the trials that involve the two companies will go forward. In [...]
Did we tell you so or not? Just last week we reported on Judge Richard Posner’s tentative ruling in a US patent case between Motorola and Apple that seemed to seal the deal and refuse both parties the chance to go up against each other in court. However, as we informed you at the time, the Judge’s tentative ruling was only provisional, and His Honor himself admitted that he could change his mind.
Well, that’s exactly what happened a week later, when the much awaited final ruling on the case turned into an order granting Apple’s request for an injunction hearing. In plain words, Apple 1 – Motorola 0. Or is it?
While Apple is thought to be the party with the [...]
HTC and Apple are involved in a complex legal battle, with both companies suing each other for alleged patent infringement in the USA. But so far only Apple is receiving favorable verdicts, and the iPhone maker has just been granted another win with the ITC.
ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender ruled that HTC can’t use patents borrowed from Google in one of its cases against Apple, and therefore the Taiwanese company will only have three patents to attack with, out of the eight it initially started this ITC lawsuit with.
The judge ruled in favor of Apple saying that HTC does not have standing, or the right to sue, for those five [...]
Google can’t seem to stop winning lately, and, aside from Android growing and growing and growing, the on-going legal battles of the past couple of years are unfolding pretty well for the search giant. Less than a week after finding out that Oracle has been ordered to pay around $300,000 to Google in legal fees, a US patent case between Apple and Motorola has been dismissed before reaching court.
The trial was scheduled to start today, but Judge Richard Posner issued a tentative ruling cancelling its start, due to neither parties being able to “establish a right to relief”. Both Apple and Google-owned Motorola accused the other party of infringing several patents. [...]
In early May, soon after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3, certain reports claimed that the company’s legal counsel had a hand in the device’s design, a design that was heavily contested at the time by certain tech blogs and even potential buyers. It was suggested that the Galaxy S3 is lawsuit-proof, as its design would not infringe any of the patents Apple could use to attack the handset.
Apple and Samsung have been involved in a huge patent-based legal fight that spanned across four continents, with the two companies suing and counter-suing each other in 10 different markets. There are well over 30 lawsuits between the two at this time, and [...]
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 things up a bit.
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