According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt.
Patently Apple originally covered a patent infringement case back in April 2013 titled "Mobile Telecommunications Technologies Sue Apple over iMessage." We noted that Mobile Telecommunications Technologies (MTEL), the company behind SkyTel, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that they had infringed upon seven of their patents. The patent infringement lawsuit concerned Apple's iMessage, Airport Express, Airport Extreme, Time Capsule and devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Today we learn that Apple has lost this case.
A Patent Troll goes down in Flames: Late yesterday a "patent troll" by the name of US Ethernet Innovations that had sued a number of major technology companies over four Ethernet patents that it said their networking products contained has been defeated in court and was ordered to pay costs. This technically now opens the door for the Apple v. Oracle case to resume.
In May we posted a report titled "New Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Apple Concerns Android Phones & iMessage." The plaintiff in that case, Adrienne Moore, filed the class action lawsuit against Apple because when she switched from her iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S5, she was no longer able to receive iMessages from her friends with iPhones. Today, Apple was ordered by U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, to face a U.S. federal lawsuit filed by Adrienne Moore claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones.
On October 22 we reported that a patent troll by the name of GPNE Lost their patent infringement case against Apple. Now Patently Apple is first to discover that there may be a little more to this case. Late on Friday Apple applied to the US District Court in Hawaii an ex parte for an order granting Apple leave to obtain targeted discovery from GPNE Corp. for use in a foreign proceeding.
Lufax, a company fromPudong, Shanghai, China is suing Apple under four counts for allowing a "counterfeit app" to be sold on iTunes App Store after Apple failed to respond to their request within 60 days. Legally speaking, the complaint was filed under "Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange, Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc."
A bold if not crazy Indian Company is asking India's Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) to remove Apple's "iPhone" trademark from the Trademark Registry. I read about this case last week and decided not to cover it thinking that the request would be instantly quashed by IPAB. I was wrong. Report Updated
According to a new report published today, a patent troll by the name of GPNE has lost their patent infringement lawsuit against Apple today. Apple, who calls GPNE a patent troll, was "pleased" by the verdict handed down today.
In a press release that was published by NVIDIA on Monday, they stated that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) had voted to investigate whether certain Samsung products should be blocked from entering the country due to the infringement of certain Nvidia patents. The decision follows a complaint filed last month with the ITC by NVIDIA. NVIDIA has also filed a lawsuit in the Delaware District Court seeking damages for infringement. Our report provides you with a detailed account of that patent infringement lawsuit for those wanting to understand the case a little deeper.
According to a new Korean report this morning, a South Korean venture firm by the name of Infozone has filed a complaint with the prosecution against Apple Inc.'s Seoul-based branch for patent infringement.
Ireland's Longitude Licensing Ltd and Luxembourg's Longitude Flash Memory Systems S.a.r.l. have filed a joint patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit involves a whopping 13 counts of infringement covering most iDevices and iPod models. The plaintiffs are using former SanDisk patents that they now own against Apple. On longitude's "About" page they note that they recently partnered with Conversant Intellectual Property Management Inc. ("Conversant") to assist in maximizing the value of our intellectual property. Interesting to note that Core Wireless sued Apple earlier this month and they're a wholly owned subsidiary of Conversant. So it's becoming quite evident that this super-patent troll has Apple in their crosshairs. With patents in hand from SanDisk and Nokia, Conversant and their partners will certainly be keeping Apple legal busy for some time.
Straight Path IP Group, Inc. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime video conferencing software. Three of the four patents in the lawsuit were originally owned by NetSpeak, the company behind the 90's "WebPhone" product.
Secure Web Conference Corporation based out of Melville, New York has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's FaceTime and all of the hardware that it's capable of running on which includes the iPhone and specific Macs.
In November 2012 we reported that Apple lost their FaceTime Patent Lawsuit to VirnetX. A US court had ruled that Apple should pay damages to a Connecticut-based company because its FaceTime video chat tool had infringed the firm's patents. VirnetX was awarded $368.2 million. The sum was about half the amount VirnetX had originally demanded. Today a federal appeals court threw out a jury order requiring Apple to pay VirnetX Holding Corp the original amount of $382.2 million. Shares of VirnetX plunged as much as 59.8 percent after the decision by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington.
Core Wireless, headquartered in Luxembourg with an office in Texas, had their attorney Bunsow, De Mory, Smith & Allison file a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday. What makes this an interesting case is that many of the patents listed in this case are Nokia patents. They note on their website that Core Wireless holds one of the world's largest patent portfolios related to mobile communications networks – and that "all 2,000 patents and applications were originally filed by Nokia, a renowned innovator and widely acknowledged key contributor to the development of mobile telephony." A Yahoo! News report published last year quoted the European Commission's Joaguin Almonia starkly stating that "If Nokia were to take illegal advantage of its patents in the future, we will open an antitrust case. But I sincerely hope we will not have to." In that statement, Mr. Almonia pushed things to the next level by using the "patent troll" phrase that is typically not mentioned by senior executives since it's a fairly loaded term. Although Nokia was legally smart enough to sell their portfolio before Microsoft officially acquired Nokia, they certainly knew that selling their patents to another patent troll would result in the same thing – patent troll driven lawsuits against their enemies such as Apple. This stinks to high heaven and you have to wonder if the European Commission will start an action against them or bow out because they were legally out maneuvered.