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Articles tagged with: Patent

Microsoft To Pay $70 M To Alcatel In Patent Ruling

The patent war is not new is US. Almost everyone is suing someone else for some goddamn reason. The patent war between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft is also not new. There had been a number of clashes between the two companies ever since 2002 when Alcatel sued Gateway and Dell and Microsoft jumped in to help the two companies.

According to a recent federal ruling, Microsoft is bound to pay $70 million to Alcatel-Lucent by the order of a San Diego federal judge for the patent infringement which was originally filed by engineers at AT&T in 2003. The patent dealt with data entry on computer screen without using a keyboard.

Google Buys IBM Patents

Suing rival tech companies has now become child’s play for big IT companies. Consequently every company is trying to decorate its portfolio with as many patents as it can by buying patents from different companies.

Google, which had recently been sued by Oracle for Java patent infringement in development of Android has also decided to take some precautionary measures.

Spotify Gets Sued For Patent Infringement

Just two weeks after entering the U.S. market, Spotify has been sued for patent infringement by the PacketVideo, a Wireless Multimedia Platform Creator.

Spotify had recently signed up 70,000 paid users in it’s first week. The claim of PacketVideo is that Spotify did not follow certain recommendations and restrictions which every video streaming website should follow.

The PacketVideo claims that every video streaming website should have “A Device for the distribution of music information in digital form.”

IBM Files Patent For Modifying Onscreen Keyboard

Although most users like better to use a physical keyboard and only uses virtual keyboards for the sake of portability. They can’t carry around the physical keyboard around all the time and so they use the virtual keyboard on their mobile devices.

However, the flexibility offered by the virtual keyboards can never be matched by the physical ones. That’s exactly why IBM is filing a U.S. patent application for a morphing touchscreen keyboard interface.

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Copyrights & Patents

In the tech industry, suing rival companies is not a big deal so its no surprise that Oracle sued Google.

The bone of contention is Google’s US$100 million deal with Sun Microsystems to pay the royalties for using Sun Microsystems’ programming language java for building the, then-new operating system, Android.

The deal has invoked a copyright infringement case against the search giant Google. However, Google has denied the allegations put forth by Oracle.

Apple’s Triumph Over ITC

And the victory belongs to Apple in its exclusive rights clash in opposition to its adversary, the U.S. International Trade Commission proclaimed.

According to the news.com the International Trade Commission has ruled that HTC has desecrated two of the copyrights that Apple’s ownership.

Apple To Debut ‘HD+’ 1080p iTunes Movie Services Later This Year?

AppleInsider reports that Apple may be preparing to begin supporting 1080p movies in its iTunes Store later this year, based on reports of film studios submitting films to Apple in a new “HD+” format at the higher resolution.

Apple has resisted 1080p for its iTunes videos and even the current version of Apple TV because the company claims it will slow down streaming speeds, which could degrade your viewing experience more than the extra resolution could improve it.

Apple Loses Playlist Patent Suit, Must Pay $8M

A federal judge has ordered Apple to pay a huge fine for infringement of two patents of Personal Audio, related to the creation and use of iPod playlist.

Personal Audio sued Apple for patent infringement in 2009 asking for compensation of $84M.The two patents were the “U.S. patents 6,199,076: Audio Player Program Including a Dynamic Controller Selection Program” and “7,509,178: Audio Program Distribution and Playback System”.

Microsoft Signs Android Patent Deal With Wistron

Microsoft announced the fourth patent-licensing deal in two weeks with a maker of Android devices, announcement timed perhaps to suggest that it has some momentum for its claims that Google’s mobile operating system violates Microsoft’s patents.

Wistron Corp, a spinoff of Acer, is the latest company to make an agreement with Microsoft in a string of lawsuits and royalty clashes that’s spanned the course of two months.

Ford Sued Over SYNC Technology

A Washington state technology company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ford in federal court.

Eagle Harbor Holdings, and its subsidiary MediusTech, claim Ford used several automotive technologies in Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles without authorization.