Patents

Apple and Samsung CEOs meeting to discuss patent settlements

Apple and Samsung CEOs will be meeting in San Francisco within the next 90 days to hopefully put an end to their ongoing patent feud. This was partially forced by Northern District of California judge Lucy Koh, who ordered that both parties reexamine their availability for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Apple to pay Motorola for push e-mail patents relating to iCloud

Apple is going to owe Motorola damages for infringing on push e-mail patents currently being used by iCloud and Mobile, so sayeth the Mannheim, Germany regional court.

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Apple allowed to draw sword, take fight to Lodsys patent troll

Apple has been granted permission to step in against Lodsys, a holding company which was intent on suing iOS developers for infringing on in-app purchasing patent .

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German court bars Motorola from enforcing potentially FRAND-abusing patents against Apple

A German appeals court has issues a temporary ruling that prevents Motorola (currently in the process of being acquired by Google) from enforcing a ban on Apple iPhones and iPads based on what may be FRAND-absuing terms.

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Department of Justice gives Apple the green light to acquire Nortel and Novell patents

The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved Apple's acquisition of various Nortel and Novell patents. The need to clear these purchases with the DoJ was for anti-trust purposes; after all, Apple already has a huge market lead, and any patents that could put competitors out of business would result in less choice for American consumers (which I think we can all agree is a bad thing).

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How Apple is defending against Samsung and Motorola's unfair, unreasonable, discriminatory patent attacks

Apple is increasingly playing defense against lawsuits from Samsung and Motorola that seek to take iPhones and iPads off the shelves and out of stores. Apple is trying to do the same to their competitors, of course, but there's a subtle difference -- Samsung and Motorola are suing Apple over FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory) patents and are apparently seeking licensing that's anything but fair and reasonable, and may in fact be discriminatory.

FRAND patents are typically typically pledged as part of a standard, which makes them essential to a technology, the organizations that govern those standards require them to be equitably licensed back to everyone. That's the whole point of having standards. If you want your invention to become a standard, you let it be used as a standard.

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Apple temporarily removes 3G-enabled iPhone and iPad devices, with exception of iPhone 4S, from German online store [UPDATE]

Apple has been forced to remove all 3G-enabled iOS devices from its online store in Germany, including the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 WiFi + 3G, due to an injunction won by Motorola Mobility. Foss Patents reports:

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Motorola seeks an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud

Motorola has filed an injunction against Apple, claiming the iPhone 4S and iCloud infringe on six different patents. The six patents included in the suit are:

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus not part of Apple's slide-to-unlock patent complaint after all

Apple had recently flung a slide-to-unlock patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in Germany, but one very important Android phone was never on the list of complaints: the Galaxy Nexus.

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