Motorola Removes All But Two Android Devices from German Website

Over the last year, now Google-owned Motorola Mobility has been caught up in a variety of patent issues involving alleged infringement of Microsoft and Apple patents, many of which have since been upheld by various courts. Motorola has lost several counter-lawsuits in the ongoing debacle, resulting in injunctions, but has left the gadgets on its website. It seems, however, that the company has pulled all but two of its Android devices from its German website.

Motorola thwarts Microsoft in latest Android ban attempt

Microsoft had a claim in German courts that Google-owned Motorola infringed on its patents, but German counts ruled its claim invalid. Microsoft claimed that the way Motorola's devices used radio and apps infringed on its IP. Specifically, Microsoft was claiming that the way Motorola's Android devices accessed contacts and other elements was a direct infringement on their patent. The lower regional court of Mannheim ruled in favor of Motorola and decided not to go forward with banning its devices or forcing Motorola to pay Microsoft licensing fees. Many other Android OEMs have been forced to go into licensing agreements with Microsoft, but Motorola is not giving in so easily. Motorola and Google, who have yet to comment on the ruling, are one of the few who continue to fight Microsoft. Microsoft intends to make this an uphill battle for Motorola. According to David Howard, associate general counsel at Microsoft, "This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany." Microsoft has already won some legal battles against Android, and if this quote is accurate, this ruling has no effect on those previous rulings. “It remains that Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property,” Howard says, “and we hope it will join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft’s patents.” It appears as though Microsoft is not going to let this defeat stop their attempts to collect licensing fees Motorola, and we can only assume they will keep coming for more. [via SlashGear]

Samsung goes after foreman of jury in Apple patent infringement case

It seems like only yesterday we reported that Samsung was going after iPhone 5 in their latest round of patent infringement suits. Perhaps that is because it was yesterday. Now, Samsung is claiming that foreman of the jury in the infringement case lied about his history to get a spot on the jury. If these allegations are true, it could completely change the complexion of the case. Samsung is claiming that Velvin Hogan, the foreman in question, failed to report that he a had suit against him filed by former employer Seagate Technology. Samsung happens to own a good part of Seagate. After the suit, Hogan was forced to declare bankruptcy. Samsung clearly believes this could alter his ability to make a fair judgement on the case. Samsung believes that because Hogan allegedly lied to earn his spot on the jury that the only logical recourse should be a new trial. According to Hogan, this suit from Seagate took place in 1993, and the judge only required he disclose litigation from the past ten years. He went on to say that Samsung had "every opportunity to question him." Whether or not this grants Samsung a new trial remains to be seen, but we are quite sure that this will not be the last thing Samsung tries to get the $1.05 billion verdict against them thrown out, or at the very least reduced. We will keep you posted on any new developments with this situation as they occur. [timeline] [via TUAW]

Patent troll comes after Google’s Voice Recognition and Apple’s Siri

Who doesn't love patent trolls who exist for the sole purpose of suing companies for an alleged slight on some patent that they have no intention of using? This time, Accredited Transcription Corp (ATC), the company in question, is coming after Google's Voice Recognition and Apple's Siri in regards to US patent 6,298,326.

Motorola back-pedals, drops ITC lawsuit against Apple

Here's a bit of interesting news added to this casual Tuesday evening. Back in August Motorola filed a lawsuit with the International Trade Commission against Apple for multiple devices like their iPhone and iPad. Many thought Motorola's patent portfolio had a good chance against Cupertino, and many believe that is in part why Google snatched up Motorola. Today things have clearly changed.

Samsung strikes Apple with iPhone 5 lawsuit and freed Galaxy Tab 10.1

The patent lawsuits never slow down. Now Samsung is coming at the Apple for their iPhone 5 with suits on eight different patents. Shockingly, none of them involve the use of 4G LTE technology. This report comes hot on the heels of Samsung squeezing its Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the US market in spite of Apple's attempts to ban the device. Six of the patents involved in this suit involve utility. The other two are directly related to UMTS 3G standard-essentials. More of less, these are the same suits Samsung filed against the iPhone 4S, because the devices use similar technology in those regards. In Samsung's new filing they say, “The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality as the previously accused versions of the iPhone, so the proof of infringement of the patents-in-suit by the iPhone 5 is the same as for other Apple devices already accused of infringement in this litigation.” Apple has plenty of time before they need to respond to the claim. The discovery phase of the investigation closes July 8, 2013. Immediately after that the claim goes into the expert discovery phase, which ends August 30, 2013. Samsung is confident it will finish its investigations by then and shall require no additional time Perhaps we will see some suits regarding 4G LTE technology added by that time. As I mentioned in the opening, there is good news on the suit front as Slashgear is reporting that the ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 in US has been lifted. People in that territory are free to purchase the tablets as Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California decided the ban is not just. Of course, Samsung has already launched the follow-up the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but they should be able to move some back stock of the original, which will help undo some of the loss. [timeline] [via Slashgear]

Federal court gives Judge Koh jurisdiction over Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales ban

Here's a bit of good news for ol' Sammy: a US Federal circuit court of appeals has given Judge Lucy Koh jurisdiction over the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction that was put in place earlier this year. Before all of that courtroom drama went down between Apple and Samsung last month, Samsung was hit with a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1, banning its sale in the US. That ban was put in place because it was presumed at the time that the tablet was infringing on one of Apple's design patents.