PATENTS

  • Bose, Beats agree to settle headphone patent dispute October 11, 2014

    A high-profile patent spat over noise cancelling headphones between Bose and Beats Electronics ended on Friday with the two sides settling the case out of court. The terms of the settlement were not being disclosed, a spokeswoman for Bose said in an email, adding only that the dispute had been "resolved." Bose,...
  • Microsoft sues longtime partner Samsung August 2, 2014

    New York: Microsoft on Friday fired a legal salvo at longtime partner Samsung, accusing the South Korean giant of breaching a contract over licensing of technology used in the competitive smartphone market. "After becoming the leading player in the worldwide smartphone market, Samsung decided late last year to stop complying with...
  • Bose sues Beats over headphone noisecancellation patents July 26, 2014

    San Francisco: Audio technology veteran Bose Corporation on Friday sued Beats Electronics over patented technology for cancelling noise in earphones. The suit filed in federal court in the US state of Delaware pits the 50yearold firm against an Internet Age youngster being bought by Apple in a deal valued at $3...
  • Apple gets patent for 'iTime' smartwatch July 23, 2014

    San Francisco: A US patent made public on Tuesday bolstered rumours that Apple has designs on a smartwatch. "The invention pertains to an electronic wristwatch," said a summary in Apple patent paperwork on record with the US Patent and Trade Office. The patent describes an wrist band, possible with a touch screen,...
  • 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 gasolineburning 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 highestprofile 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 highestprofile 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 AppleSamsung 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 popup 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 crosslicense agreement February 1, 2014

    New York: Twitter says it has bought 900 patents from IBM and that the companies have entered into a crosslicense 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 crosslicensing 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 crosslicensing 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: Cellphone chip maker Qualcomm said Thursday it has acquired patents once owned by smartphone maker Palm from HewlettPackard 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. HewlettPackard 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 ripoff 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 cellphonemaking 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 worstcase scenario for the hightech 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 Koreabased Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San...