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 Motorola is now facing [...]
Here at Android Authority, we’ve been watching closely the unfolding Oracle vs. Google legal drama. Each week of the trial has brought us valuable insight in the inner workings of Android (and Google as a whole). We’ve learned about the early childhood of Android, about how much money Google made from Android, and, in general, about how our favorite operating system came to be.
But the Oracle vs. Google affair is worth scrutinizing for more than just the wealth of inside information that is trickling out of Judge William H. Alsup’s court. The trial has major implications for the future of Android, but also unpredictable consequences for the entire tech [...]
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 no less than 45 patents.
“We have already licensed our standards essential [...]
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 [...]
Google currently has a pending acquisition of Motorola Mobility in the making, still waiting on some final regulatory go-aheads to complete. Even though Google will have its own operating system and easy access to hardware production, Chief Executive Officer Larry Page is adamant that Android will remain just as open to all manufacturers as it does today.
In an open letter published on the company’s website, Google’s co-founder said he expects to build ‘great devices’ based on the Android platform, coupled with the hardware technology of Motorola Mobility, which they are soon to acquire. He went on to stress that the ever-growing Android [...]
The stage has been set for a lengthy courtroom battle between Google and Oracle, after talks of an out of court settlement between the two companies over the use of Java on Android have failed. A federal judge who presided over the negotiations said that there were too many irreconcilable differences, aka Google not willing to pay enough. The two parties are scheduled to meet again on April 16, but this time in the court of law.
Having finalized the acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010 for a princely sum of US$4.7 billion, Oracle quickly put its patent lawsuit goggles on and had Google’s Android software on its money making radar. Apparently, this is called focusing [...]
It’s hard to believe that someone envisioned tablet PCs 18 years ago, but a dusty video clip from 1994 shows us that there were, in fact, technology visionaries before Steve Jobs (insert “ironic grin” here).
The video shows how newspaper company Knight Ridder saw the news of the future and, darn it, I must say that those guys were spot on with their assumptions. However, what they probably didn’t think their little video would do is seriously hurt Apple’s chances of winning the design patent war against Samsung and other Android tablet manufacturers, a war that is heading towards a conclusion these days.
How did something like this happen? Well, it’s [...]
One of the more fascinating aspects about the movie Minority Report (2002) (apart from the futuristic cars and inner city road system) was how billboard advertisements did a retina scan of passers by and tailored the ad to suit the watcher’s requirements. The movie takes place in the year 2054 A.D., but with Google’s latest patent application, we may be closer to this future than most would think.
The patent is titled “Advertising based on environmental conditions.” A short summary of the patent: information about the environmental conditions of a remote device is received, then an advertisement is identified based on the environmental [...]
When Google registered the domain name googleshowy.com, there was a lot of speculation but no concrete proof as to what Google’s latest offering could be. If you were itching to learn the truth, itch no more: we now have that concrete information at hand. Google has recently filed a trademark application for the name “Showy” at the United States Patents and Trademark Office.
The trademark filing describes “Showy” as a downloadable software that will allow users to use their computer, tablet device, or mobile phone as a remote control to operate video display devices and televisions, and downloadable software which allows users to remotely [...]
With help from U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, Apple might have won an important battle in their ongoing patent war against Google. What’s interesting is that Apple used their legal battle with Motorola to get to Google, based on the recent merger of the latter. Just in case you are not aware of this yet, Apple is suing (with limited success this far) almost every smartphone producer out there for supposedly broken patents.
In a patent lawsuit filed by Apple against Motorola Mobility in 2010 and ruled on Tuesday in Chicago, Posner ordered Google and Motorola to hand over data regarding their merger, as well as info regarding the development of the Android OS. [...]