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Both HPs, Vizio join Arista's legal fight against Cisco

Upstart Arista has managed to gather some friends in its ongoing battle with Cisco: both HPs, Vizio, two automotive groups and others have filed an amicus brief with the Federal Circuit arguing that the International Trade Commission's (ITC's) ban on some Arista kit be permanently set aside. For most of its short life, Arista …

Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

The freeze on long-held plans to approve a single patent court for Europe is a result of the actions of the president of the European Patent Office, according to German media reports. The Unitary Patent Court (UPC) has been in progress since 2012, but last month Germany's constitutional court unexpectedly ordered a halt to …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2017

Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

Updated The four electronics factories sued by Qualcomm for not paying licensing fees have lodged their own countersuit with the backing of Apple. In a counter-complaint [PDF] lodged Tuesday in California, Taiwanese manufacturers Pegatron, Compal, Hon Hai, and Wistron allege Qualcomm is trying to force them to pay excessive royalties …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017

Oracle, Amazon, Google, and Salesforce finally agree on something

Some of the biggest names in IT are joining forces to create a lobbying effort focused on patent reform in the US. The High Tech Innovators Alliance (HTIA) is backed by eight tech giants that will lend their money and expertise to getting new laws and rules passed to make it more difficult for patent trolls to sue them and …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
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Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign. As part of the long-running legal slugfest between Arista and Cisco, the Trade Commission banned the import of Arista products it alleged infringed a Cisco patent. …
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Apple ups the stakes in patent royalties battle with Qualcomm

Apple is expanding its legal war with Qualcomm to include an attempt at having the chip designer's patents thrown out. The Cupertino giant filed an amended complaint [PDF] that now asks the US District Court for Southern California to declare 18 of the patents Qualcomm seeks payments for invalidated. The two companies have …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2017
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Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

Europe's effort to create a single patent system has been thrown into confusion following a decision by Germany's constitutional court to halt legislation ratifying it. According to German media reports, since confirmed by a court spokesperson, the court received a complaint from an as-yet-unnamed individual arguing that the …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jun 2017
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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

Intel used the 40th anniversary of its x86 architecture to warn chip rivals to mind their step when emulating its instruction set. The reigning desktop and data center server CPU king (AMD, you know it's true) said it would not hesitate to sic its lawyers on any competitor whose emulation tools got too close to copying the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jun 2017
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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Amazon has been given a patent on a system to deliver packages from the sky via on-board parachutes. The Bezos Bunch has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and been granted a patent for a system that will cram parachutes into shipping labels. The on-board parachute functions as you would think: an adhesive label on …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2017

Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

In a victory for product resellers, the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday limited the power of patent holders by reversing a lower court decision that gave printer maker Lexmark control over its ink cartridges after they'd been sold. The case, Impression Products v Lexmark International, has been widely watched by …
Thomas Claburn, 30 May 2017
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Arista-cats win some, lose some against Cisco

Both Cisco and Arista have claimed victory in the latest instalment of their intellectual property lawsuit. The punch-and-counterpunch case dates back to 2014, when Switchzilla sued the then-startup for patent violations and over the copyright attached to its command-line interface (CLI). While trying to fend off the …
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Done and done: BlackBerry ties up $940m settlement with Qualcomm

Former smartphone king BlackBerry has today finalized its settlement with Qualcomm in their long-running battle over royalty payments. Under the terms of the settlement announced on Friday, Qualcomm will give $940m for back royalty payments and for legal fees accrued during the years-long court fight. BlackBerry said that …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2017

Intel breathes $2bn sigh of relief over patent trial

Intel is breathing two billion dollars lighter Thursday, after a jury in Delaware decided that the chip giant had not infringed on a dynamic logic circuit patent. AVM Technologies, which holds US patent 5,859,547, first sued Intel back in 2010 claiming that the Intel Pentium 4 and Core 2 designs infringed its intellectual …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2017

ITC upholds finding that Arista infringed on two Cisco patents

The US International Trade Commission has upheld a judgement that Arista Networks infringed two Cisco Systems patents on networking equipment - the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the companies. In a judgement last week, the federal agency called for an import ban and a cease and desist order on related …
Kat Hall, 8 May 2017
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Qualcomm to demand US iPhone import ban

Qualcomm is considering asking for an import ban on iPhones coming into the United States in retaliation for Apple stopping royalty payments to the chip designer. According to "a person familiar with the company's strategy," Qualcomm will formally ask the US International Trade Commission to stop the iPhone, which is made in …

Euro Patent Office reforms hit another stumbling block: Reality

Analysis When he's not ignoring national laws and threatening employees, the president of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoit Battistelli, is on a crusade to make things work faster. Against an ever-more unhappy background of EPO staff and patent examiners, Battistelli has for several years put forward the same defence: he is …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Apr 2017
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BlackBerry wins $814m Qualcomm patent-cap arbitration

BlackBerry has been awarded $814m in a patent arbitration action against Qualcomm. Arbitration was sought on the subject of whether a Qualcomm royalty cap program applied to BlackBerry's non-refundable payments of royalties on a number of devices that were sold between 2010 and 2015. According to Qualcomm, the cap was …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2017

Qualcommotion: Sueball return alleges Apple 'pay-to-play' deal

Qualcomm has hit back at Apple over claims it overcharged the fruity firm for IP licensing, revealing that it had a pay-to-play deal to get its chip technology into iThings. The claim comes as part of a 139-page court filing made as part of the ongoing worldwide legal dispute between the two tech titans. “Qualcomm seeks, …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Apr 2017

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