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Transformer Prime doesn’t infringe on Hasbro’s trademark, says judge

You'd have to be either really young or really out of touch with pop culture not to spot the similarities in the name of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and a certain group of autonomous robots. Transformers manufacturer Hasbro sure spotted it, and didn't take the unofficial association lightly: they sued ASUS over the name, presumably taking offense at the similarity to Transformers mainstay Optimus Prime and similar fictional characters. The International Business Times reports that a US federal judge ruled that there was no possibility of consumers being confused by the name, and thus denied a sales injunction.

Google sued over Play Store’s 15 minute return policy

When the Android Market changed its return policy from a generous 24 hours to a paltry 15 minutes way back in 2010, there was no shortage of complaints. But it appears that two users went a step beyond and actually sued Google for the policy, in addition to generally misleading claims about the quality and working order of apps. The suit comes from Dodd J. Harris and Stephen Sabatin of California, who were unsatisfied with a Mandarin instruction app and Bit Torrent client, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N heads to Germany

The wave of Samsung Galaxy tablets continues today with yet another model hitting the shelves soon. Samsung has released a model for almost every size we can think of and today Samsung has outlined and priced their new Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus "N" model headed to Germany. It was announced back in January but now is coming soon. The difference over the current 7.0 Plus available today, is the N model has been changed to avoid the lawsuits and patent wars by Apple over in Germany.

Dutch court rejects Apple’s case against the Galaxy Tab 10.1

After a solid year of courts beckoning to Apple's call, it would seem that sanity is returning to European benches. Taking a queue from Germany, which is set to reject Apple's patent case over the revised Galaxy Tab 10.1N, a Dutch court rejected Apple's final appeal to get Samsung's tablet banned from sale in the Netherlands. Free and Open Source Software advocate Florian Mueller reported the legal news on the FOSS Patents blog. The appeal denial is the latest in a string of many Apple defeats and few victories in the last few months.

Apple blew $100 million on its HTC lawsuit, and all it got was this lousy post

Apple hates Android. With a passion. It hates Android as much as superfluous buttons and UI elements without gentle gradients. And if a rumor running around the legal circles of the tech industry can be believed, it hates Android enough to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees with barely anything to show for it. According to Newsweek's Dan Lyons, Apple spent around $100 million dollars in its latest design patent suit against HTC. The result? HTC designed around the patents, leaving Apple with a big bill and a feeling of superiority. Not that they didn't have that already.

Apple attacks Samsung over Galaxy Nexus slide-to-unlock feature

Oh this looks like fun. Apple is at it again this month and we have just learned they are taking another stab at Samsung in court over their new Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its slide-to-unlock feature. While the filing clearly is going after Samsung this is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich feature -- more aimed at Google than Samsung, only they get the trouble.

How much does Android earn Google? Oracle says $10M a day

Take this one with a grain of salt, folks: in a recent submission to the court in conjunction with its ongoing lawsuit, Oracle estimated that revenue from Android activations made every day net Google a whopping $10 million across an entire year. Estimating that the figure stays solid over 2012 (and keep in mind, it's almost certain to increase) that would mean that Google makes approximately 3.7 billion dollars on Android advertising alone. Oracle did not say how it reached this conclusion, but Free and Open Source Software advocate Florian Muller guesses that they're assuming $14 of ad revenue per Android user, per year.

Apple up to its old tricks: calls for a ban on 10 Samsung phones in Germany

Stop me if you've heard this one before. After battling nearly every major Android OEM for the better part of 2011, Apple seems to be wasting no time in bringing its litigious streak into 2012. Bloomberg reports that it's petitioning German courts for an outright sales ban on 10 Samsung smartphones, including the popular Galaxy S II. Apple's objections have to do with its design patents, which won it an injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 last year.

Pantech falls to Microsoft’s patent trolling, negotiates license fees

Last week Microsoft couldn't resist taunting Google over its licensing deal with LG, and it looks like the patent gravy train isn't set to stop rolling any time soon. Accroding to Korean news outlet Yonhap, Pantech is currently in negotiations with the American software giant to pay indeterminate licensing fees for the priveledge of running Android (a free and open-source operating system) on its phones. Along with LG and a handful of other major manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, Microsoft now claims it collects fees for more than 70% of Android phones sold in the United States.

Microsoft is a sore winner: pokes fun at Google over LG licensing deal

If you bought an Android smartphone or tablet in the last six months, odds are surprisingly good that you paid a considerable chunk of the purchase price to Microsoft. The dinosaur of the software world has successfully sued and/or negotiated with most of the major Android OEMs, including Samsung, HTC, and lately LG. Microsoft claims that over 70% of the Android hardware sold in the US includes licensing fees paid to the company - a disturbing statistic for an open-source operating system.