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Cable companies open new front in “Rockstar” patent war

The Rockstar Consortium was formed in 2011 by Apple, Microsoft, Blackberry, Ericsson, and Sony to buy $4.5 billion worth of patents from Nortel, a large Canadian telecom company that had gone bankrupt two years earlier. A bomb was dropped on the patent world last October when those patents were used to sue Google and other Android handset […]

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Paydiant Awarded Patent for Conducting Transactions at ATMs Using a Smartphone

Paydiant, provider of a white-label mobile payments, offer redemption, loyalty and cardless cash access platform for banks and retailers, today announced the grant of a new patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Patent No. 8,632,000, granted on January 21, 2014, describes approaches for using a mobile device to conduct transactions at […]

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Google Awarded Patent For Free Rides To Advertisers’ Locations

Google may soon offer a new service that combines its advertising business with its knowledge about local transport options, taxis and – in the long run – autonomous cars. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last week granted Google a patent for arranging free (or highly discounted) transportation to an advertiser’s business location. Here’s how it works. […]

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3G patent disputed by Apple, HTC and Nokia upheld by European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has upheld a narrowed version of a patent on 3G technology at the heart of several legal disputes in Germany, an EPO spokesman said Thursday. By upholding the patent, which its owner IPCom has declared essential to 3G standards, the EPO rejected claims from Nokia, HTC, Apple, Ericsson and Vodafone, […]

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Supreme Court rejects SAP appeal of $391 million patent suit award

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from SAP of a US$391 million judgment given to Versata Software in a patent lawsuit the latter filed, but SAP is vowing to fight onward. “Today’s action by the Court was unfortunate but not unexpected,” SAP spokesman Andy Kendzie said via email on Tuesday. “SAP will continue to […]

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Tech Companies Fight Back Against Patent Lawsuits

The general counsel of Rackspace, a web-hosting company in San Antonio, does not mince words when he discusses patent litigation. “It’s a shakedown,” the general counsel, Alan Schoenbaum, said. “It’s extortive behavior.” The subject of his rancor, which is shared by many in the software industry, is litigation by patent assertion entities that are known […]

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Motorola patent suit brings light to corruption in patent system

Aside from small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the next most sought after victims of patent infringement suits are manufacturers in the technology space. Enter Motorola Mobility, a unit of Google Inc., and one of the latest to battle a patent litigation suit for its smartphone technology. Earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the […]

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Google infringed on SimpleAir patent on push notifications

Another day, another favorable patent verdict in the land of Texas, the crowd favorite when it comes to patent litigation. This time, the scales were tipped against Google as the jury found the tech giant guilty of infringing on SimpleAir’s patent. The verdict came hard and swift, after only a week-long trial that ended January 18 this […]

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In Patent War, Questions About Who's Who

Small companies aren’t the only ones that find themselves in the cross-hairs of patent infringement cases. Big companies can get caught up in them too: As Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to hear Intellectual Ventures v. Motorola Mobility affirms. At issue are three smartphone patents owned by the private partnership Intellectual […]

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Rockstar sued by cable operators for breaching standard setting obligations

Last Friday, several cable operators filed a Complaint against Rockstar in D. Del. alleging that Rockstar’s assertion against them of patents breached obligations owed to various standard setting organizations (“SSOs”) based on prior owner Nortel’s commitment to license patents on RAND, FRAND or royalty-free terms.  Our Jan. 2 and Nov. 1 posts discussed Rockstar’s purchase of Nortel’s patents from bankruptcy and recent Rockstar […]

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