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Samsung invokes Alice case to challenge two Apple patents
Samsung Electronics has asked a court in California to hold invalid claims of two Apple patents in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that tightened standards for patentability.

Elon Musk to open up Supercharging patent designs
Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to open up the designs for free, fast-charging electric vehicle stations in order to create a standard other car makers can use.

Apple asks U.S. court to make Samsung remove infringing features
Following up on a jury verdict, Apple has asked a court in California to order Samsung Electronics to stop using features that were found to infringe three of its patents.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits
Two giants of the mobile phone industry, Apple and Google, have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

Update: Jury finds Samsung infringed Apple patents, must pay $120M in damages
Apple was dealt a blow in its second major patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung when a Silicon Valley jury awarded the iPhone maker damages of just $119.65 million for Samsung's infringement of several of its smartphone patents.

The wrath of Koh: Samsung gets judge's ire in Apple patent case
Lawyers for Samsung got a reminder of Judge Lucy Koh's temper on Monday morning when a remark made by one of their witnesses made them the target of her anger for more than 20 minutes.

In Apple v. Samsung, it's a 'holy war' for $2B
Apple and Samsung were back in San Jose federal court last week arguing over more patents and another set of devices. Apple is demanding more than $2 billion in damages, in the second case between the companies in California.

A day into the trial, Apple and Samsung already annoying each other
That didn't take long. The jury has only been sitting a day in the latest Apple v. Samsung patent battle and lawyers are already fighting about what's being said in court.

Supreme Court justices raise questions about software patents
The U.S. Supreme Court could wipe out a whole swath of software and business-method patents if justices invalidate four electronic-trading patents, an attorney for patent-owner Alice said.

Phil Schiller up again in next round of Apple-Samsung battle
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is among the witnesses that lawyers for Samsung plan to call when the two companies return to court in California in late March.

Nokia and HTC bury hatchet in patent disputes
Nokia and HTC have settled their long-running patent infringement battles, which played out in several countries and have seen a handful of HTC phones banned from sale in Europe.

How about them apples: Google and Samsung ink patent deal
Google and Samsung have signed a "global patent cross-license agreement" that covers the companies' existing patents and future ones over the next 10 years.

Samsung's Apple damages equal to just 16 days' profit
The $930 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple last year for infringing its smartphone patents is more than some device makers earn in a year, but for Samsung it's equal to just over 16 days' worth of profit.

Supreme Court to get software patent case
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a controversial software patent case after a federal appeals court ruled that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system.

The latest move to kill bad patents divides tech industry
Technology users -- retailers, in particular -- are being snared in patent infringement lawsuits, prompting Congress to eye reforms that could change how lawsuits are filed and who pays if they're frivolous.

Judge refuses to stay Apple-Samsung lawsuit pending patent review
A court in California has ruled against Samsung Electronics' attempt to stay the proceedings in a patent dispute with Apple, agreeing with Apple that the reexamination of its patent could take years, with no certainty the result would benefit Samsung.

A huge damage award looms as Apple and Samsung return to court next week
The battle between Apple and Samsung over smartphone design returns to a Silicon Valley courtroom next week as the companies fight over how much Samsung should pay for infringement of five Apple patents in 13 of its smartphones.

New patent reform bill targets trolls
New patent reform legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday aims to make it more difficult for patent trolls to file infringement lawsuits.

Samsung won't get a retrial in 'overscroll bounce' patent fight with Apple
Samsung Electronics was denied Thursday a retrial over the "overscroll bounce" patent in its dispute with Apple in a federal court in California.

Apple asks court for sales injunction against Samsung
A U.S. District Court judge made mistakes when she rejected Apple's request for a sales injunction against rival Samsung Electronics in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement case, Apple's lawyer argued before an appeals court Friday.

Google adds 79 data center software patents to no-sue pledge
Google has added 79 patents to the list of patents for which it pledges not to sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software, unless first attacked.

The Apple and Samsung patent war resumes Friday
Samsung Electronics faces the possibility of U.S. import bans on some of its smartphones in two separate cases brought by Apple, with major steps happening Friday.

Samsung wants a retrial in $1B patent ruling for Apple
Samsung Electronics has requested a new trial for a patent related to a US$1 billion infringement ruling against it in a case brought by rival Apple, due to a re-examination of the patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Obama targets so-called patent trolls
The U.S. Congress should allow new challenges to patents on processes that are enabled by computers, and lawmakers should make it more difficult for patent-holding firms to gain import injunctions at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the White House has recommended.

Appeals court ruling could be 'death' of software patents
A U.S. appeals court has ruled that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system, signaling what one judge described as the "death" of software and business method patents.

Apple to challenge $368M patent infringement verdict
Apple will challenge a November 2012 jury verdict that awarded $368 million in damages to Nevada patent-holding company VirnetX, a filing with U.S. regulators showed.

VirnetX targets Skype, Lync in new patent attack on Microsoft
Patent holding company VirnetX this week filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Microsoft's Skype of infringing six of its patents.

Samsung infringed Apple patent on text selection, says ITC judge
A handful of Samsung smartphones infringe an Apple patent on text selection, according to the initial determination of a U.S. International Trade Commission judge.

Microsoft makes good on promise, publishes list of 41K patents
Microsoft today launched a searchable list of its complete patent portfolio as part of its defense of the patent system, particularly software patents.

Google antitrust settlement reshapes patent disputes
The patent injunction portion of Google's antitrust settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week won't mean an end to patent disputes between Google and mobile device makers, but it does take away one major threat Google has used against competitors, some patent experts said.

Patent fights color mobile market, to continue in 2013
Over the past year, patent battles have been fought by tech companies in courtrooms all over the world. The litigation is far from over though, however, and will continue throughout 2013. This is what's at stake on the patent battlefield in the near future.

Apple appeals denial of sales ban on Samsung phones
Apple has appealed a judge's decision not to ban from sale in the U.S. 26 Samsung cell phones that were found to infringe on its patents.

USPTO questions another Apple patent in fight with Samsung
Another of the patents Apple relied on in a $1 billion infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics has been called into question by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office (USPTO). The move, if not successfully opposed by Apple, may help Samsung in its appeal against the judgment.

Update: Apple's iPhone found to infringe Sony, Nokia patents
A federal jury in Delaware has found Apple's iPhone infringes on three patents held by MobileMedia, a patent-holding company formed by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.

Computer tech tops list of worldwide patent applications
Computer technology accounted for more patent applications in recent years than any other industry sector tracked by the World Intellectual Property Organization, although the number of digital communication patent applications grew faster. Industrial design registrations are also growing.

WiLan files new patent lawsuits against RIM, Apple, other companies
WiLan, a Canadian patent licensing firm, has filed a round of new patent infringement lawsuits against Research in Motion, Apple, HTC and Sierra Wireless.

Judge pleads for 'global peace' in Apple-Samsung fight
At the end of a long court hearing in California on Thursday that saw Apple and Samsung argue over a $1 billion damages award granted to Apple this summer, Judge Lucy Koh had a simple yet optimistic request: global peace.

Apple, Samsung head back to court on Thursday
Apple and Samsung will return on Thursday to the San Jose courtroom where they battled over cell phone patents earlier this year, and Apple subsequently won damages of $1.05 billion.

Samsung accuses recent Apple products of infringing its patents
Samsung Electronics has alleged that three recent products from Apple, including the iPad mini, infringe on its patents.

Apple ordered to produce agreement with HTC
A court in California has ordered Apple to produce without delay an unredacted version of its recent patent agreement with HTC, after Samsung Electronics said the agreement was relevant to its patent infringement dispute with Apple.

Apple, HTC settle patent suits worldwide
Apple and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC have settled all of their outstanding patent disputes, they said late Saturday.

Federal judge in Wisconsin dismisses Apple vs. Motorola patent case
A highly anticipated patent infringement case between Apple and Motorola Mobility was dismissed by a federal court Monday, hours before the trial was due to begin.

Apple offers up to $1 per device for Motorola Mobility patents
Apple has offered to pay Google's Motorola Mobility unit up to one dollar per device for a license to its patents covering cellular and Wi-Fi technologies.

Google's Motorola unit drops one trade case against Apple
Google has dropped one part of its wide-ranging patent-infringement battle against Apple, withdrawing a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission in which it had sought to block iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch models at the border.

Samsung files patent infringement motion against iPhone 5
Samsung Electronics filed a motion in a U.S. federal court on Monday to add Apple's latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, to its patent lawsuit. Also on Monday, a judge lifted a sales ban on the company's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Samsung to fight Apple's effort to ban sales of its smartphone
Samsung said Tuesday it will "take all necessary measures" to keep its products on sale in the U.S.

Apple seeks to block eight Samsung products after win at jury trial
Apple asked a U.S. court to block sales of eight Samsung Electronics products on Monday, following the iPhone maker's victory in a patent lawsuit against Samsung on Friday.

The Apple vs. Samsung decision is a game-changer
Samsung's big patent fight loss to Apple could have far-reaching consequences for smartphone makers, especially those that have adopted many of the gesture-based elements users now expect, says Richard Hoffman.

Google says Apple-Samsung decision isn't related to core Android
The jury's decision Friday in the landmark Samsung-Apple patent battle doesn't relate to the core of the Android mobile operating system, Google said in a brief statement Monday.

Samsung expected to adjust designs after $1B jury award to Apple
Samsung intends to fight Friday's landmark jury award of $1 billion to Apple over smartphone and tablet patent violations -- possibly for years.

Quick verdict in Apple trial doesn't mean jury shirked its duty, expert says
With the verdict in the Apple-Samsung trial delivered after less than three days it's tempting to think the jury just wanted to get it over with by the weekend, but that's not necessarily the case, one legal expert said Friday.

Jury decides in Apple's favor, Samsung hit with $1B damages
Samsung must pay Apple just over $1 billion for infringing several of its patents in Samsung smartphones and tablets, a California District Court jury decided on Friday.

Apple v Samsung: Five experts, five questions
As a nine-person jury begins deliberations in the closely watched patent trial between Apple and Samsung, the companies and their lawyers are left waiting and wondering what the jury made of the three weeks of arguments.

Apple pushes iMessage after SMS spoof revealed, but tech under patent cloud
iMessage, the Apple messaging technology that the company has urged customers use to avoid an SMS spoofing bug, remains under a patent litigation cloud, with a trial slated for November.

Motorola Mobility files new patent claim against Apple with U.S. ITC
Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed yet another claim against Apple with the U.S. International Trade Commission, this time asserting that devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch infringe patents related to features such as email notifications, location reminders, and media players.

Samsung could face court penalty over lawyer's oversight
Samsung could face penalties from the U.S. District Court in Northern California after one of its lawyers involved in the patent battle against Apple admitted that she hadn't file the paperwork necessary to practice law in front of the court.

Can the U.S. patent system be saved?
Getting people to agree on the problems, let alone the solutions, is no easy task.

Yahoo, Facebook settle patent dispute
Yahoo and Facebook have settled a patent dispute, according to a statement Facebook released Friday afternoon.

Apple wins injunction against Galaxy Nexus smartphone
A California court has granted Apple an injunction against Samsung over sales of its Galaxy Nexus smartphones in the U.S. The injunction was handed down on Friday afternoon by the same California court that earlier this week issued an injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Google's Android did not infringe Oracle patents, jury finds
Google's Android operating system does not infringe Oracle's Java patents, a jury in San Francisco found Wednesday in a setback for Oracle.

Google infringed Java copyrights in Android, jury finds
A jury has found that Google infringed Oracle's Java copyrights in Android but could not decide unanimously if the the infringement was protected by "fair use."

Apple pursues ban on altered Samsung Galaxy tablet in Germany
A Dusseldorf court has set a date to hear an appeal from Apple, which is seeking an injunction preventing Samsung Electronics from selling a tablet modified to beat an earlier injunction, a court spokesman said on Friday.

Why tech vendors fund patent 'trolls'
Some of the largest names in the tech industry are funding patent 'trolls,' for protection from lawsuits and for access to the patent pool.

Judge hints at stay of Oracle-Google trial until patent reexamination is over
The judge overseeing Oracle's intellectual property lawsuit against Google wants Oracle to provide "a clear answer" as to why the trial shouldn't be postponed until a number of patent reexamination processes are fully played out, according to a filing late Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Apple files another U.S. patent suit against Samsung
Apple has filed another U.S. patent lawsuit against Samsung Electronics and is seeking a preliminary injunction asking a federal judge to halt sales of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone while the case makes its way through the court.

Motorola Mobility fails to make patent case against Apple in German court
A German court has thrown out a Motorola Mobility patent lawsuit against Apple, breaking a recent run of courtroom successes for the company.

Samsung wins against Apple, Galaxy Tab 10.1N still on sale
The changes Samsung Electronics has made to the Galaxy Tab 10.1N are enough to no longer infringe on Apple's intellectual property rights, a judge at the district court in DA1/4sseldorf, Germany, decided on Thursday.

Samsung loses again in German patent suit against Apple
The district court in Mannheim, Germany, has again sided with Apple in a patent suit brought by Samsung Electronics, saying on Friday that the company had not infringed on a second patent asserted by Samsung against the iPhone and iPad.

Apple files new lawsuit against Samsung in Germany
Apple continues to hound Samsung Electronics at the district court in Düsseldorf, and has now filed another lawsuit aimed at 10 models in its Galaxy family of smartphones, according to Peter Schütz, spokesman at the court.

Apple loses first round in ITC case against Motorola
Apple is on the losing end of an initial ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission in the company’s battle with Motorola.

Patent win will boost Apple fight against Android
The partial legal victory that Apple won Monday against HTC won't affect either company's short-term sales but could play an important part in Apple's long-range attempt to stymie Android's march, expert said today.

Samsung files four more patent claims against Apple
Samsung Electronics filed four additional patent claims against Apple on Friday in a German court while also going to trial over three other patents that the Korean company alleges are infringed by Apple.

Apple names Kindle Fire in revised 'App Store' lawsuit against Amazon
Apple modified its lawsuit against Amazon this week, accusing the giant e-tailer of infringing its "App Store" trademark in new advertising for the Kindle Fire tablet.

Oracle, Google again fail to settle Android lawsuit
Oracle and Google held another settlement conference on Wednesday in their ongoing lawsuit over alleged Java intellectual-property violations in the Android mobile OS, but failed to reach an agreement, according to a filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

U.S. judge to rule on Samsung tablet sales
Attorneys for Apple and Samsung Electronics gave arguments before a U.S. federal judge on Thursday in a patent infringement suit over Samsung's Galaxy tablets, and the judge is now set to issue a written order on Apple's request to have sales of those tablets blocked.

Quanta latest to license patents from MS for Android, Chrome
Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese contract computer manufacturer, is now the ninth company to license patents from Microsoft for its Android devices, the companies said Thursday.

Nexus Prime smartphone, Android 4.0 delayed over patent dispute?
Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin asserted today that the Samsung Nexus Prime smartphone and Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, are "under question" over patent disputes.

Apple and Samsung: What's behind the patent fight
The months-long feud between Apple and Samsung over tablet and smartphone design continues to boil over, with a key ruling expected next week. Jonny Evans offers a look at the issues involved.

Mac clone maker may take fight with Apple to Supreme Court
A U.S. appellate court this week rejected an appeal by Mac clone maker Psystar in a long-running case related to copyright infringement of Apple's Mac OS X operating system.

Samsung and Apple clash in Dutch court
The legal battle between Apple and Samsung continued on Monday in a district court hearing in The Hague, Netherlands, during which the two companies argued the merits of four Samsung patents.

Oracle, Google fail to reach settlement in Android case
Two days of face-to-face mediation talks between Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Google CEO Larry Page over the companies' Android mobile OS lawsuit have yet to result in a settlement, but the door is open for negotiations to continue, according to a document filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

N.Y. copycats ordered to hand over fake products to Apple
Two stores in Queens, N.Y. have agreed to hand over all counterfeit products to Apple that bear the California company's name or logo, according to court documents.

Obama signs patent overhaul legislation
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of the U.S. patent system in about 50 years.

Judge strikes part of Oracle's Java lawsuit against Google
A federal judge threw out a small part of Oracle's Java lawsuit against Google on Thursday but allowed the bulk of the case to proceed.

Google acquires over 1,000 IBM patents
Google has acquired over 1,000 patents from IBM, as part of its strategy to strengthen its patent portfolio to counter litigation, according to records of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Senate approves major patent system overhaul
The U.S. Senate has voted to approve a major overhaul of the nation's patent system, with the legislation allowing a new kind of challenge to patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

New patents from Google shore up HTC's defenses
Armed with new patents transferred from Google, HTC has filed a new lawsuit against Apple and amended two previous legal complaints.

Google offered to split mobile revenue with Sun, papers show
Google hoped at one time to codevelop Android with Sun, and was prepared to offer Sun a share of its mobile service revenue in return for making Java open source, according to newly released documents in Oracle's lawsuit against Google.

Openwave says Apple, RIM violate patents
Mobile software vendor Openwave Systems filed a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, saying the companies violated its patents and asking the agency to block importation of their products.

Apple files inaccurate evidence in Dutch Samsung case
Apple has filed inaccurate evidence again in a case against Samsung, this time in the Netherlands, where the company is arguing Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones are too similar to its iPhone 3G.

Apple seeks ban on all Galaxy smartphones, tablets in EU
In its case against Samsung Electronics in the Netherlands, Apple is demanding an extensive ban on all Galaxy series smartphones and tablets, including a complete recall of stock by European distributors and resellers.

Judge bounces Google's complaint over Android code viewing
A U.S. trade judge has rejected Google's move to block the testimony of a Microsoft expert witness in the latter's 10-month dispute with Motorola over patents allegedly used by Android.

Google still trying to remove damning email from court case
Google continues to argue that a damning email in its battle with Oracle shouldn't be shown to jurors because it was confidential and intended to be privileged communication with an attorney.

Google's Motorola buy may offer boost to Microsoft
With most acquisitions, there are winners and losers. Google's buy of Motorola is no different, but in this case, neither of those companies comes out a winner, analysts say. "

Analyst: Google eyes Apple's iOS model with $12.5B Motorola deal
Analysts disagreed today over the impact Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility will have on the dynamics between Android and Apple's iOS.

Apple's evidence may be flawed in European Samsung case
Apple and its lawyers have, perhaps inadvertently, misled the judge of a Düsseldorf court by filing flawed evidence of the similarity between the iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets based on an inaccurate picture, an investigation by, a Dutch IDG publication, has found.

CEO Larry Page blogs on why Google's buying Motorola Mobility
In a company blog post up early this morning, Google CEO Larry Page lays out the rationale for his software company to pay $12.5 billion for a leading maker of Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Google buys Motorola Mobility for $12.5B
Google has entered into an agreement to acquire the mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion, the company said Monday.

Samsung not bushwhacked by EU tablet ban, says expert
Samsung was not blindsided by a German court's injunction that stopped sales of its Galaxy Tab tablet in most European countries, according to a patent expert.

Google claims Microsoft improperly showed Android code to expert
Google wants the U.S. International Trade Commission to block the testimony of a Microsoft expert witness in the latter's 10-month-old action against Motorola over patents allegedly used by Android

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Samsung beats Apple in hype with its Heathrow claims

When it comes to reality distortion, it is Samsung, not Apple, that must be bought down to Earth.

The next patent fight 'twixt Apple and Samsung: Graphene

Invisible wonder-material is next IP battleground.

Apple and Samsung may be squaring up for another patent fight. Or so the news agenda would have you believe. Our two favorite protagonists are amassing patents about graphene in sheet form.

Ain't the future brilliant?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers rub their crystal balls.

Why Obama need not overturn ITC's Samsung ban after Apple veto

Just because the president overturned the ban on Apple products by the ITC does not mean it has any need whatsoever to overturn a similar ban on some old Samsung gadgets. The whole notion is preposterous.

ITC's Apple sales ban nixed via Obama veto

Samsung fumes. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products won't be banned in the U.S., thanks to a veto from The Whitehouse. The President's administration says the International Trade Commission's ban plan isn't right. Some say Samsung negotiated in bad faith, but others that Apple simply wouldn't negotiate, leaving Samsung no choice. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers unpick the story.

Patent abuse: Apple prevails against Samsung yet again

Yet another court has found Samsung guilty of patent infringement against Apple, this time over its use of "bounce-back" technology for scrolling on older devices from the Korean firm.

BANNED: Some U.S. Apple iPhone and iPad models

Apple iToys banned in U.S. The International Trade Commission (ITC) bans imports of certain models of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and iPad. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are shocked. SHOCKED!

iWatch for iPhone stars in latest Apple patent

It has been quite a week for unannounced product speculation -- this morning the latest published Apple [AAPL] patent offers a tantalizing glimpse at something that could become the so-called 'iWatch'.

Apple's UK 'apology' may JAIL Tim Cook

The UK Court of Appeal is deeply unhappy with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). It says the company hasn't complied with the court order. One of the judges said he was ''at a loss,'' which is British English for total incredulity. Legal experts are predicting that company officers could be thrown in jail if Apple doesn't back down. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn.

Apple loses UK court appeal over Samsung's 'not as cool' iPad competitor

In a twist of fate worthy of Jeff HardyApple looks likely to be forced to place an ad for Samsung on its UK Website and across the UK media following the loss of a crucial High Court appeal in London this morning.

Unwired Planet sues Apple, Google over 20 patents: OpenWave/ zombie roams Nevada

Mobility pioneer Unwired Planet (NASDAQ:UPIP) sues Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) over ten patents each. The company—formerly known as, OpenWave, and Libris—says it invented much of the mobile technology that we now take for granted. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ask: Patent troll or legitimate innovator?

The big winner in Apple's patent victory over Samsung -- Microsoft


Microsoft may be just as pleased as Apple with Apple's $1 billion victory over Samsung for violating Apple patents. The core of the verdict could apply to virtually all Android devices, while leaving Windows Phone free and clear. It could well ultimately lead to big market gains for Microsoft.

Apple rests its case; now it's Samsung's go

Apple's case for the prosecution rests; now Samsung gets its turn to defend itself. Judge Lucy Koh (pictured) has turned over the floor to Samsung's lawyers, who now get to argue that Apple's patents are invalid. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers go back to the concession stand for a refill of popcorn.

Apple v Samsung explodes in bitterness

The case of Apple v Samsung is turning out to be a corker. Cupertino accuses Seoul of copying its 'trade dress' and infringing its patents, but the South Koreans say Apple's evidence is selective and its experts can't agree. Judge Lucy Koh is not amused (despite her amusing official picture). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn.

ITU, Apple, iPhone and a happy finish for the smartphone patent wars

Patent industry reform seems to be on the table as Apple continues attempting to protect its intellectual property against other smartphone industry players, and others fight back through the vehicle of abusing the gentleman's agreement concerning FRAND patents. The war is bloody, never-ending and, frankly, pretty dull. This morning the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) announced what could be an important step toward ending some of this insanity.

Nexus 7 tablet vs. Nokia patents

Time to clean your specs' lenses in mock disbelief. The Google/Asus Nexus 7 is said to violate Nokia patents. And this might be just the first of several such accusations. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers appear tired of all the IP shenanigans.