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US trade watchdog puts down the phone to Qualcomm, reaches for probe, sticks it in Apple

America's international trade watchdog is officially probing Apple over claims its iPhones and iPads infringe technology patents. The ITC announced Tuesday it had begun a Section 337 investigation of the Cupertino giant to assess whether iOS smartphones and fondleslabs should be banned from being imported into America because …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2017
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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

Analysis Apple has been hit with a $506m bill for infringing CPU design patents belonging to the University of Wisconsin. Judge William Conley, of the Wisconsin Western US District Court, has ordered [PDF] the Cupertino iPhone maker to pay $506,084,992.66 (£386m) in damages. This comes after a jury found that Apple used technology in …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2017

Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

The CEO of Qualcomm says he hopes to settle his company's licensing dispute with Apple out of court. Speaking at a conference in Aspen, Colorado, Steve Mollenkopf suggested the SnapDragon chip designer would push for a settlement rather than rely on a jury to determine if Apple was liable for back payment of royalties. "There …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2017

Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

Qualcomm is upping the stakes in its legal war against Apple by accusing the Cupertino idiot-tax operation of infringing six patents. The California chip designer today said iPhones and iPads using Intel's 4G wireless chips are effectively using a half-dozen Qualcomm inventions without permission. Now, Qualcomm is asking the …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jul 2017
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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

The US Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could block patent-holding firms from seeking out friendly courts to hear their infringement claims. An 8-0 ruling by the nation's top court in the TC Heartland v Kraft Foods [PDF] case held that a company can be sued only in the state where it is incorporated, rather than in any …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe. The semiconductor firm has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for something it simply calls "Internet of Shoes." The abstract of the application describes it as: A connected shoe apparatus …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
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Intel, Samsung join Apple, FTC firing squad against rival Qualcomm

Add Intel and Samsung to the mix of companies siding against Qualcomm in its battle with US trade watchdog the FTC over alleged dodgy patent licensing. The two tech giants filed amicus briefs with the Northern California District Court on Friday supporting the American regulator in its crackdown on Qualy, and urged Judge Lucy …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2017

Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties

Cloudflare says it will go above and beyond to destroy what it claims is a uniquely dangerous patent troll. The troll in question is Blackbird Technologies LLC, a law firm based in Boston, US. It has accused Cloudflare of ripping off a patent it owns on internet communications. Crucially, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince said …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017
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Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Saint Matthew Research (SMR) on Tuesday filed lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle alleging the infringement of database patents. The UTRF exists to commercialize intellectual property arising from research at the University of Tennessee; SMR is a California-based …

Zeiss, ASML hit back at Nikon in chip-printing patent row

Updated ASML and Zeiss have counter-sued Nikon over patents used in the manufacture of microchips. The two companies claim that Nikon, which just days ago accused them of violating its patents on immersion lithography, is itself infringing on patented technology. Both have filed suit in Nikon's home country of Japan. The suits, which …
Shaun Nichols, 1 May 2017

Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm

Qualcomm claims Apple has ordered chip manufacturers to stop sending royalty checks to the Snapdragon designer amid the pair's patent licensing war. On Friday, lawyers for Qualy blamed the Cupertino iPhone racket for cutting half a billion dollars from its next quarterly forecast due to lower-than-expected royalties. Qualcomm …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2017
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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

Nikon has declared global legal war on rivals it says are ripping off crucial optical technology it developed to print microchips. The Japanese camera giant claims Netherlands-based ASML and Germany's Carl Zeiss together infringed more than a dozen patents it holds in the field of immersion lithography – the high-tech process …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Apr 2017
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Reworked Arista kit going back on sale in America

Arista has been cleared by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to start shipping modified products to the United States again. Arista sought the right to do so because of its long-running litigation with Cisco, which believes Arista has pinched its intellectual property. The fight's been running since 2014 and some of …

Sprint sprints off with $140m from Time Warner after VoIP patent battle

Sprint has been awarded $139.8m in damages after a jury found that Time Warner Cable infringed on five of its patents related to voice-over-IP calling systems. The jury in Sprint's home town of Kansas City found that TWC, now part of Charter, violated the five patents on technology related to the operation of TWC's VoIP …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Mar 2017
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Feeling safer under Microsoft's cloud patent shield? Don't

Comment Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, recently announced a new deal called the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage Program. It is touted as “the industry’s most comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks”. It will be available for users of Azure cloud offerings. The protection is intended …
Barry Sookman, 3 Mar 2017
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Apple goes global in Qualcomm license war: Patent spat hits China

Apple has taken its legal battle against Qualcomm international with a pair of lawsuits in China. The suits, filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, accuse the chip designer of breaking China's anti-monopoly law and challenge the patent-licensing contract between Apple and Qualcomm in China. The filings seek …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jan 2017

Heard of Brexit? The UK vows to join Europe’s Patent Titanic

Comment Astonishment has greeted the UK’s promise to join Europe’s Unified Patent Court despite Brexit. It’s a stunning victory for the nation's powerful legal lobby. The FT euphemistically notes that “the legal system” will be around “£200m a year” richer. Meaning: you know who will be £200m richer. The announcement was made by the …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2016
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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

Pic Chinese internet giant Tencent is the newly minted holder of a US design patent on the concept of placing rectangles on a display screen. US Patent D767,583 describes a "design concept" that, in the words of the applicant, consists of "the ornamental design for a display screen portion with graphical user interface." What …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2016

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