patents

Google’s Motorola acquisition is final

The long courtship is over. Just days after securing conditional approval from China, Google's 12.5 billion dollar acquisition of US-based Motorola Mobility is complete. Google announced the news on its official blog, taking special care to note the replacement of former Moto CEO Sanjay Jha. Unfortunately, the post was noticeably lacking in concrete details on how Google plans to leverage its new (if not overly shiny) multi-billion dollar toy.

HTC and Apple ordered to lawsuit settlement talks by Delaware court

It looks like the legal system might be starting to get sick of all these lawsuits for IP and trademarks as of late because another round of settlement talks has just been ordered. The United States District for the District of Delaware has issued orders for Apple and HTC to sit down for some friendly conversation and settlement talks instead of drawing this out like a bad divorce.

HTC’s US One phones already work around Apple’s software patent

If you were hoping to get your hands on a shiny new HTC One X or EVO 4G LTE in the United States, you're currently out of luck: the ITC has impounded shipments of both phones in US customs. HTC confirmed that this was due to a an ITC ruling, which can only be Apple's successful lobbying of the commission based on its linking software patent. It's been confirmed that both phones work around the feature in question.

It’s official: HTC EVO 4G LTE delayed due to ITC investigation

If your day wasn't crammed full of patent litigation news already (and when is it ever?) then prepare for a doozie. Apple's patent lawsuit against HTC, supposedly over early this year, has caused the International Trade Commission to delay shipments of HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE phones in US customs. The Now Network has confirmed that the EVO 4G LTE will miss its scheduled release date of March 18th (this Friday).

Apple and Samsung to meet for mediation in May

The patent wars could be losing a major front in less than a month. According to the FOSS Patents blog, CEOs from Apple and Samsung are set to meet in a San Francisco court starting on May 21st, for federally mandated mediation and (hopefully) some settlement talks. If the two technology giants could hammer it out, it would be the end of a litigious dispute that's been raging for the better part of a year.

Sony patent shows Xperia Play with gaming and QWERTY keyboards

As good as the Xperia Play is at doing its assigned task, the hardware is looking a little long in the tooth 14 months after its initial release. So what could be in store for the next Sony gaming/smartphone hybrid? How about a keyboard mechanism that featured both a slide-out gamepad and the more conventional QWERTY keyboard? If an entry in the US Patent and Trademark office can be believed, that's what could be in store.

Samsung and Apple CEOs agree to lawsuit settlement talks

Apple and Samsung have been at battle for what seems like years now. With lawsuits all over the globe stacked full of litigation from patent infringement to design copying and more. This hard fought boxing match might soon be coming to its final round as we are now hearing the two are looking to at least attempt to be nice, even if they still don't play nice together.

Rumor: Google offered Motorola’s hardware division to Huawei

One of the biggest Android stories of 2011 was Google's acquisition of American handset manufacturer Motorola, now in its final stages. While most business pundits speculated that the purchase was primarily for Motorola's extensive patent portfolio (the company was one of the first large-scale manufacturers of cell phones and pagers) Android fans held out hope that Moto would become Google's unofficial hardware supplier, despite the latter's claim that no preferential treatment would be given. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it really was all for the patents - Google was apparently so disinterested in Moto's handset division that they offered to sell it to Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

Google patent indicates Kinect-style camera gesture control

Patents have become the bane of the mobile industry as of late, but they're also one of the best ways to gauge where a company's going, or at least what they're investigating. The latest patent application to come out of Google centers on a series of finger motions above a smartphone, using the front-facing camera to interpret the user's intent. So, yeah, it's basically just like Microsoft's Kinect technology on a tiny scale. The patent is oh-so-creatively titled "Use camera to augment input for portable electronic device".

Apple doesn’t want much: just $15 per Android device sold

Apple's been going pretty hard for the last 9 months or so in its litigious pursuit of Android manufacturers, particularly Samsung, Motorola and HTC. While their previous strategy seemed to be based around all-or-nothing sales bans (in Germany, Australia, the United States, and, and, and...) it looks like the Cupertino lawyers may have finally come to their senses, and are preparing to settle. What do they want, short of outright suing their competition to death? Oh not much - just up to $15 for every Android phone and tablet.
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