Patents

  • Tesla opening access to its patents to accelerate electric car development June 14, 2014

    San Francisco: Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage other automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles. Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised Thursday to give away the company's entire patent portfolio to all comers, as long as they promised not...
  • Apple, Google settle one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology May 17, 2014

    San Francisco: Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology. In a joint statement on Friday, the companies said the settlement does not include a cross license to their respective patents. "Apple and Google have...
  • Samsung loses patent fight against Apple but emerges as the winner May 6, 2014

    San Jose: When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was latest chapter in the worldwide legal fighting between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2 billion Apple demanded and the $930 million a previous...
  • Explained: The latest Apple-Samsung patent dispute May 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: Many of today's smartphones share similar features, from responsive touchscreens that let users unlock the phone with a flick of a finger, to pop-up animations that offer a shortcut to dialling a number or storing it in a digital address book. Those similarities are at the centre of an...
  • Samsung, Apple both infringed patents, says jury May 3, 2014

    San Jose: A California jury awarded Apple $119.46 million, far less than it demanded, in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents. The verdict was a far cry...
  • Apple accuses Samsung of copying iPhone, iPad features, Samsung passes the buck to Google April 30, 2014

    San Jose: A lawyer recalled the innovations of Apple founder Steve Jobs as he accused Samsung today of unfairly and brazenly ripping off iPhone and iPad features invented by Jobs and other Apple executives. "These products were created by true geniuses," lawyer Harold McElhinny told jurors during his closing argument...
  • Apple says Samsung knew iPhone would be a big seller April 2, 2014

    San Jose: Samsung knew Apple's iPhone would be a big seller when it first went on the market, but the South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete so it stole Apple's technology, an attorney for Apple told jurors on Tuesday. "The evidence in this case will be Samsung...
  • Apple's 'transparent texting' lets you see what's ahead while you are texting and walking March 31, 2014

    Washington: US tech giant Apple has filed a patent for new technology that aims to make texting while walking safer by replacing the text background with a live video feed of whatever is in front of the smartphone user. Many smartphone users keep their eyes glued to the screens while...
  • Apple, Samsung once again accuse each other of ripping off designs, features March 31, 2014

    San Jose: The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of...
  • Nokia appeal over asset transfer to Microsoft rejected by Supreme Court March 15, 2014

    New Delhi: India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered Nokia to give a 35 billion rupees ($572.5 million) guarantee before it transfers one of its biggest mobile phone plants and other assets in the country to Microsoft Corp. The ruling upheld a lower court verdict over the plant in Chennai, which is...
  • Court rejects Apple's request for a permanent US ban on Samsung smartphone sales March 7, 2014

    San Francisco: A US judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle. US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled that Apple had not presented...
  • Google, Samsung ask China to limit Microsoft-Nokia deal: Report March 3, 2014

    Bangalore: Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have asked Chinese regulators to ensure that Microsoft Corp's bid to acquire Nokia Oyj's phone business did not lead to higher licensing fees on patents that remain with the Finnish company, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The companies joined Chinese mobile phone makers Huawei...
  • Nokia settles patent claims with HTC February 11, 2014

    Helsinki: Nokia Corp. says it has settled all pending patent litigation with HTC. The Finnish company says it has signed a patent and technology collaboration agreement with Taiwan's HTC Corp. The deal should help strengthen Nokia's licensing offering. Though HTC will make payments to Nokia, no financial details were disclosed...
  • Twitter buys 900 IBM patents; companies enter into a cross-license agreement February 1, 2014

    New York: Twitter says it has bought 900 patents from IBM and that the companies have entered into a cross-license agreement. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Ben Lee, the short messaging service's legal director, says the deal provides Twitter with greater intellectual property protection and freedom to innovate. Twitter said in a November...
  • Google, Samsung announce global patent cross-licensing agreement January 27, 2014

    Google and Samsung Electronics, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, announced on Sunday that they have reached a global patent cross-licensing agreement. The deal covers patents currently owned by the companies, as well as any filed in the next 10 years, the companies said...
  • Qualcomm buys Palm patents from HP January 24, 2014

    San Diego: Cell-phone chip maker Qualcomm said Thursday it has acquired patents once owned by smartphone maker Palm from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed amount. Qualcomm says the purchase covers 1,400 US patents and about 1,000 more foreign patients for the company's mobile computing technology. Hewlett-Packard paid $1 billion for Palm in 2010...
  • BlackBerry sues startup founded by Ryan Seacrest over keyboard design January 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. is accusing a company backed by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest of being a rip-off artist. The allegations emerged in a patent infringement lawsuit filed Friday in a San Francisco federal court by BlackBerry. The suit targets an iPhone keyboard made by Typo Products...
  • Apple didn't violate Samsung patents: Seoul court December 13, 2013

    Seoul: A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled Thursday that Apple did...
  • Samsung loses bid to ban sales of Apple's iPhones, iPads in South Korea December 12, 2013

    Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday lost its bid to ban sales of Apple Inc's older iPhone and iPad in South Korea, as a court dismissed a lawsuit claiming the US firm had infringed three of Samsung's mobile patents. The lawsuit was part of the tech giants' global courtroom battle...
  • Don't become a 'patent troll', EU warns Nokia December 10, 2013

    Amsterdam: Europe's top regulator has warned Nokia not to try to become a "patent troll" after the Finnish company sold most of its cellphone-making business to Microsoft this year but retained its patent portfolio. Joaquin Almunia said in a speech in Paris on Monday he had approved the $7.2 billion sale...
  • Apple spends over $60 million on US lawyers against Samsung December 7, 2013

    San Francisco: Apple Inc has paid its leading outside law firm approximately $60 million to wage patent litigation against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in a California federal court, according to Apple legal documents filed late on Thursday. Apple and Samsung are engaged in global litigation over each other's intellectual property. The...
  • US Supreme Court case could mean 'death' of software patents December 7, 2013

    Washington: The US Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the "death" of software patents. In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or at least...
  • Apple wants Samsung to pay $22 million for legal bills December 7, 2013

    San Jose: Apple wants Samsung Electronics to pay $22 million of the legal bills that the iPhone and iPad maker has rung up so far defending its mobile device patents in a courtroom battle. The money sought in documents filed Thursday would be in addition to the $930 million in damages...
  • Micromax vs Ericsson: Competition Commission of India to investigate November 29, 2013

    Stockholm: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is to investigate Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson in regard to a dispute over charges levied on Indian group Micromax for the use of Ericsson's patents. Ericsson had sued Micromax in March 2013 for patent infringement and the Indian company responded by filing a...
  • 5 things to know about $290 million Apple verdict November 24, 2013

    San Jose: A jury ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San...
  • Samsung ordered to pay Apple $290 million in damages November 22, 2013

    San Jose: A US jury awarded Apple about $290 million in a damages retrial against Samsung Electronics, restoring a large chunk of a historic verdict the iPhone maker won last year. After a week long trial, the jury deliberated for nearly two days before reaching a decision on Thursday in a...
  • Jury set to decide how much Samsung owes Apple for copying iPhone, iPad features November 20, 2013

    San Jose: A Silicon Valley began its second day of deliberations Wednesday in a trial to determine damages owed by Samsung Electronics for infringing on Apple's patents. The jury asked the judge for calculators Tuesday to help it determine how much Samsung owes for copying key features of the iPhone...
  • Apple demands Samsung pay $380 mn; Samsung says it owes only $52 mn November 14, 2013

    San Jose: Apple is demanding that Samsung Electronics pay it $380 million for copying vital iPhone and iPad features. An Apple attorney made the demand Wednesday during opening statements of a Silicon Valley patent trial. A previous jury already has concluded that 26 Samsung products copied Apple's scrolling function, iPhone design...
  • Nokia, Samsung extend patent licence agreement for five years November 4, 2013

    Helsinki: Finland's Nokia on Monday said Samsung Electronics has extended a phone patent license agreement between the two companies for five years. According to the deal, Nokia will receive additional compensation from Samsung, starting in the beginning of 2014. Nokia is planning to retain its patent portfolio despite the proposed sale of...
  • Google, Samsung, HTC, Huawei sued over Nortel patents November 2, 2013

    San Francisco: The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed a barrage of patent lawsuits on Thursday against cell phone manufacturers including Google, the company it outbid in the Nortel bankruptcy auction. Rockstar, the consortium that bought the Nortel patents for $4.5 billion, sued Samsung Electronics, HTC, Huawei and...